You’ve paid heed to the alarming Dutch helath and safey poster and winced at the sight of the National Safety Council of Australia’s warnings. Now we bring you Soviet accident prevention posters.
Radio Free Europe:
The U.S.S.R. was notorious for its omnipresent propaganda. The Bolshevik regime proved wonderfully adept at using the skills of talented graphic designers and writers to create vivid images and slogans aimed at ideologically motivating the masses to transform society. Their work permeated all aspects of life during the communist era, including art, industry, and science. As an item posted on the English Russia website illustrates, however, the state even invested a lot of artistic endeavor into such mundane areas as health and safety at the workplace.
Look out for the buffers
Put the tool rest closer to the stone.
“You are on the highway, not in space!”
Don’t throw the straps inside the hold without warning.
Hey, scatterbrain, don’t cripple your friends!
Don’t walk on fish.
A fan is a friend of labor. Let it work forever.
Containers with chemicals should have accurate inscriptions.
Don’t clean the cylinder while it’s in motion.
Don’t open the lid of the picker before the engine stops.
I was drunk at work.
Tie yourself working on steep roofs.
Be careful with forks.
Don’t use water when extinguishing the engine. Water is an electricity conductor.