John Cleese was one of the funniest men of the 1960s. I was pleasantly surprised to see him in funny health and safety pictures and videos. While he does not feature in any of these pictures, the spirit of Cleese lives on in their comic situations.
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Reform the Safety Committee!
What do you get if you put 100 Safety Managers in your basement? - A whine cellar.
Check Your First Aid Cupboard!On a more serious note... get advice from the experts for safety, liability and property risk
Dangerous LaddersHumour makes the point so much more forcibly than a dead-pan delivery of the plain health and safety facts about dangerous ladders. On a more serious note... get advice from the experts for safety, liability and property risk
Will and Guy's Selection of Funny Health and Safety Tales
- A bus carrying five passengers was hit by a car in Boston, Massachusetts, but by the time police arrived on the scene, fourteen pedestrians had boarded the bus and had begun to complain of whiplash injuries and back pain.
- Safety Managers: persons who write a 10,000 word document and call it a brief - Franz Kafka.
- What do you get if you put 100 Safety Managers in your basement? - A whine cellar.
- Safety is a major concern at the manufacturing company where I work. So I'm constantly preaching caution to the workers I supervise. 'Does anyone know,' I asked a few guys, 'what the speed limit is in our parking lot?'The long silence that followed was interrupted when one of them piped up. 'That depends. Do you mean coming to work or leaving?' Below is an interesting oxymoron.
- Humorous safety signs really do work.
- A police protection officer was visiting a primary school in a particularly rough area of Manchester, England.'Why shouldn't you touch the oven door or the kettle?' he asked the assembled class. A young girls hand shot into the air. 'Because you might leave fingerprints,' she answered.
- A crowd gathered around at a woodworking trade show held at Fort Purbrook, Portsmouth and were watching a sales demonstration.The demonstrator had an ordinary saw next to another which had a saw stopping safety device. He showed how each might work when it hit an operator's finger. For simulation purposes he used a sausage as a substitute. Intrigued, a curious spectator stepped up for a closer look and was struck in the eye by a flying piece of debris.
Bob's Hard Hat SagaBob, a new health and safety officer went into the works canteen on the construction site for the first time for a cuppa, he hung his coat and hard hat in the cloakroom and sat down. Unfortunately, the scaffolders always had a habit of picking on new employees, which he was. When he finished his drink, he found his hard hat had been stolen. Bob strolled back into the canteen, handily flipped his clip board into the air, caught it above his head without even looking and slapped it down hard onto the table, 'Bang!' 'Which one of you pole jumpers stole my hat?' he yelled with surprising forcefulness. No one answered. 'Alright, I'm gonna have another cuppa, and if my hat ain't back outside by the time I finish, I'm gonna do what I did in London! And I don't like to have to do what I did in London!' Some of the scaffolders shifted restlessly. Bob, true to his word, had another cuppa, walked outside, and his hard hat has been returned to the cloakroom. He started to go back to his office. The site foreman wandered out of the canteen and asked, 'Oi mate, before you go... tell me, what happened in London?' Bob, the safety officer, turned back and said, 'I had to buy a new hat.'
Wacky Health and Safety Warnings ContestOn a child's buggy: 'Remove Child Before Folding' (see image right.) Other funny health and safety mentions were:
- Warning label on a letter opener that says: 'Caution: Safety goggles recommended.'
- Fuel Tank Cap: 'Never use a lit match or open flame to check the fuel level.'
- A cartridge for a laser printer warns, 'Do not eat toner'.
- The label on a bottle of drain cleaner warns: 'If you do not understand, or cannot read, all directions, cautions and warnings, do not use this product.'
- A warning on an electric drill made for carpenters cautions: 'This product not intended for use as a dental drill.'
- A dishwasher carries this warning: 'Do not allow children to play in the dishwasher.'
- 'The Vanishing Fabric Marker should not be used as a writing instrument for signing checks or any legal documents.'