6 Bloody and Cringeworthy Soviet Accident Prevention Posters

Bloody and Cringeworthy Soviet Accident Prevention Posters

Posted on May 26, 2016 by tim


The purpose of a good accident prevention poster is to place fear in the hearts and minds of workers, to make them fear breaking the rules, show them where breaking the rules can take them. And some of those classy vintage Soviet workplace posters are right on point with this. See them here, translated for you. First one above says “Take away your hair”.

Don’t use your leg to remove the belt.

Learn how to release the victim of electrocution – chop the wires with an axe.

Don’t try to remove things when the drum is rolling.

Be afraid of buffers.

Don’t open the lids until the machine is fully stopped.

Be careful with a shovel!

Be careful with a hoe!

Look where you step!

Don’t walk underneath the transmission shaft!

“I was drunk on the job”.

Don’t throw straps into the manhole without warning.

Don’t work with an unfixed hose.

Don’t put the belt on while it’s rolling.

People are working above. Don’t stand below the post.

Stack the bricks correctly, 25 rows.

Don’t carry acid bottles without the plugs.

Don’t try to put out the fire with water. Water conducts electricity.

Don’t try to check for voltage with your finger.

Tether yourself when working on the roof.

Don’t work with an unsecured sledgehammer.

Secure the end of the shaft.

Ventilation is your friend. It should always be on.

Bend those nails!

You could be hit with a stick here.

Be careful with a pitchfork!

Don’t leave anything unfastened above!

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6 Responses to “Bloody and Cringeworthy Soviet Accident Prevention Posters”

  1. tom bauer says:

    Be afraid of buffers. Be VERY afraid.

  2. Nergol says:

    Always be careful with a hoe, otherwise that hoe might hurt you!

  3. Asmodeus says:

    Yes, you can die for a living.

  4. Martinus van Brederode says:

    Very nice. Thank you.

  5. Frank says:

    We were way ahead of that in the Sixties. We saw the posters pretty much the same as pictured here, but we were also shown the movies, including all the gory details that would have shown up Quentin Tarantino as a simple choir boy.
    I am still very careful around machinery. Fortunately the open belt drives were a thing of the past already in those days. But in India I saw them quite a lot, even in the seventies.

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