If there's one thing that Final Destination taught us, it's that anything and everything can kill you. Nowhere is this point more gruesomely illustrated than in these horrible workplace safety videos, part of a 2007 shock and awe campaign spearheaded by the Canadian OSHA, known as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario (WSIB). Designed to raise awareness through outrageously dramatic public service announcements (PSAs) depicting people suffering from horrific workplace accidents, these ads had a brief run on TV before they were promptly taken down (most people found them too offensive — ya think?!).
Former WSIB Chair Steve Mahoney was firm in his stance on the ads:
“This is not going to be a feel good campaign."
We'll let you watch and decide, but be warned: These videos are graphic!
The next time you're working up a case of the Mondays, you might want to think about calling in sick instead of ending up like this:
1. Kitchen Nightmares
Holy crap! That went out of control real fast. I hate that they rope you in with such a personable and friendly character; you really start to like her. Alas, you know something bad is about to happen. The creeping dread quickly escalates from bad to worse before everything turns into a nightmare.
There's something about kitchens that just seems to facilitate the worst types of accidents. Remember Valerie Lewton's death in Final Destination?
In the PSA, the hellish burst of flames, bloodcurdling screams, and violent thrashing push this scene over the top and really capture the whole this is fucked up sentiment.
2. Forklift Fail
I don't know how to operate a forklift and apparently neither does this guy. It's called spatial awareness, dude! Unfortunately, this mistake is gonna cost him a painful price.
He must have missed the day where they teach you NOT to run into triple-tier shelving units loaded with heavy metal. Still, I don't think loosely-piled metal rods 25 feet in the air is a good idea for top shelf storage. Broken shelf or not, that was a disaster waiting to happen.
A quick search for warehouse safety yields this helpful image:
Not like this:
I still can't get over the way his hard hat flies away after impact — freaking cringeworthy.
3. Retail Wreckage
Working retail should be a rite of passage. It's often a thankless job that demands patience and a level head. There's nothing more painful than helping a difficult customer while forcing a smile through gritted teeth. Well, almost nothing.
Like a WWE ladder match, this poor retail worker falls off the top rung only to have her fall broken by the softest of glass cabinets. This one seems totally avoidable in my opinion — why the hell didn't you move the ladder two feet to the left?!
Standing on the top rung is always risky (read: get a taller ladder). Next time, ask your coworker to stop folding the damn sweaters and brace the ladder if you need to climb that high. Got it?
4. Welding Whoops!
Again with the heartbreaking character backstories? This guy seems nice, he's got a family, and he's looking forward to punching out after a long shift. Unfortunately, the only trip this blue collar man is gonna take is the express elevator down to the ground floor.
Busted harness? That thing didn't slow him down at all! Was it even attached to anything? As if having an oxy-fuel tank explode in your face weren't bad enough, falling off a five-story building onto the hood of a truck is exactly the gratuity we've come to expect from these videos.
5. Had Enough Bad Vibes?
Canada wasn't the first to pioneer the workplace safety PSAs. Back in 1998, an American company — Educational Resources, Inc. — created their own melodramatic workplace safety PSAs. Only difference? These ones are hilariously campy. Think low budget horror movie campy, complete with body doubles, bad edits, crappy slow motion and gratuitous fake blood. These aren't nearly as much of a downer as the first four, so feel free to chuckle at the absurdity.
Thank goodness it's almost the weekend (sorry all you retail workers) and I don't have to worry about any rogue HP tank missiles launching toward my face until Monday.