Looking to help promote safe behavior and reduce the risk of accidents in your workplace? Like a lot of employers, you might be inclined -- perhaps required -- to create safety training videos for all new hires. A word of caution, however, before you start scripting, lining up your staff "cast," and shooting video: Resist the temptation to play Tarantino and hire a pro. Otherwise you may end up with laughable results ... like these. Here are 7 job-safety videos so cheesy, so hackneyed they deserve a little wider recognition. Enjoy.
'Safety Starts With Me'
Look out Biebs, you've got one heck of a challenger to deal with! This incredibly bad safety training video is a lot like a crane accident - so terrible you simply can't look away. The video is half animated and horribly low budget, giving off the vibe of an old Nickelodeon style sing along intended to teach kids how to brush their teeth. The best piece of advice offered here is not to use a hand saw as a hammer, because you could end up dead. Wise insights, though anyone dim enough to try such a stunt should never be allowed out of the house.
Office Safety Oldies
The worksite isn't the only place that accidents happen. By the look of this video, the managers back in the office need to wear hard hats as much as the machine operators and ladder climbers handling their projects. Watch as these bumbling office drones injure each other in slapstick style that would make The Three Stooges proud, all set to a sound track of campy old cartoon effects. Pay attention cubicle dweller, you're about to learn of the hidden dangers of a sharp pencil, a hot cup of coffee, and an ordinary swinging door.
Animated Epic: How Not to Operate a Forklift
This cheesy animated training movie focuses on safety when driving equipment trucks and forklifts. Resorting to the old devil on one shoulder, angel on the other scenario, the video teaches drivers not to speed, to buckle up, and to be careful when transporting heavy equipment. Failure to listen to the sweating, protesting angel could send you soaring through the windshield or tumbling from the top of the lift. Unfortunately, that devil and his mischievous eyes has a way of making hot dinner and relaxation seem so tempting.
Fear The Reaper
This work safety video feels more like a scene from Final Destination than it does an official training material. The main character of the movie looks incredibly hungover as he stumbles about carelessly with his chainsaw, but strangely enough, it isn't even this behavior that leads to his demise. In fact, the film doesn't exactly teach anything, as his ultimate downfall was his shirt getting caught in the car door, not his poor attitude toward safety or irresponsible wielding of a chainsaw. All the while, the grim reaper sits idly by, reading safety manuals cracking snide jokes.
All About Ladder Safety
Here's some training to remember both on the job site and while stringing up Christmas lights this year. As the video points out, there are over 160,000 injuries and 300 deaths each year due to misusing these big, tall tools. Keep that in mind the next time you find yourself balancing on the top rung of that rickety old ladder from the shop as you paint the last section of wall. Watch as this training video teaches you how to select the right ladder for the job, and cautions against dangerous mistakes with an ominous sounding synth tone.
IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND!
This retro vid highlights why having random items strewn about the floor is a recipe for disaster!
Maybe THIS is why Blockbuster Video Doesn't Exist Anymore!
15 minutes of 90's-tastic bad training. To quote their catchphase: WOW what a difference, Blockbuster Video!