Gruesome Soviet safety posters got their point across


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#2

Cheaper than actual safety measures, like shields?

I had fun with one of these posters a while ago:

Don’t know if it’s Soviet or some other country; it seems more polished somehow (the original, that is).


#3

Was not posters of safety. Was maintenance manuals. Like Capitalism, Communism oiled with blood of workers.


#4

I would so use some of those for cubicle decoration.


#5

If you think the guy with the hammer to the face got it bad you should see the one who got the sickle.


#6

Forklift Driver Klaus, anyone?


#7

@frauenfelder your link is borked. Here’s the correct one.


#8

In Soviet Russia, hammer nails you!


#9

“The general message from the government to the public was this: terrible things will happen to you if we don’t take care of you and watch over your every step,” according to Oleg Atbashian.

I realize he is an actual Russian designer, but that is the opposite of how these read to me. If anything, they’re promoting personal responsibility: you have to be careful around all this incredibly unsafe equipment. If the message were “government takes care of you” the equipment would be properly designed in the first place.

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#10

Came here to post this, was not disappointed. (And an example I always pull out when people claim that Germans don’t have a sense of humour).
I’ve heard of people being shown this in actual health and safety courses.


#11

They did it wrong - a 19th century worker’s solidarity/protest song clearly mentions a different body part

All wheels are standing still, If a strong arm so will.

(it sounds better in German, though…)


#12

I can attest to that.


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