c. 1920s: Soviet Accident Prevention Posters

A fan is a friend of labor. Let it work forever

Be able to free the injured from electricity.

Be careful extending the wires.

Be careful with a spud.

Be careful with forks.

Clinch the nails.

Don’t begin a new kind of work without being instructed.

Don’t carry the bottles without corks.

Don’t clean the cylinder while it’s in motion.

Don’t clutter your working place.

Don’t leave anything without bracing.

Don’t open the lid of the picker before the engine stops.

Don’t put the belt on while moving.

Don’t throw the strops inside the hold without warning.

Don’t try with your finger if there is electricity.

Don’t use the badly-mounted maul.

Don’t use your leg for taking off the belting.

Don’t walk on fish.

Don’t walk under the transmission arbor.

Don’t work with an untied hose.

Enclose the end of the arbor.

Hey, scatterbrain, don’t cripple your friends!

Hide the hair.

I was drunk at work.

Lay the bricks in the right way.

Look out for buffers.

Look out for splashes! They can burn you.

Look where you’re going.

Put the tool rest closer to the stone.

They are working upstairs. Don’t stay under the mast.

Throwing off the fender, hold the clamp.

Threw rags about, get a hit on the face.

Tie yourself working on steep roofs.

Watch your step.

15 Responses

  1. bangner

    Hilarious — unintentionally, of course. Every one a collector’s item.

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  2. Kaitlyn

    I’ll have to remember these, next time I’m bricklaying without looking, removing belts with my legs, or walking on fish. ;)

    Kait

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  3. Johnny Zero

    Dont Walk on Fish

    Classic! That’s going to be my new year’s resolution… :-)

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  4. Enoon

    Good thing that the Soviet Union has free healthcare — otherwise these injuries would be devastating!

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  5. Alex

    #32 is a modern fake, made from #16 with graphic editor. Some kind of joke. Word “БУБЕН” is a slang word for face, not official, it can be translated like “yapper”. Soviet artist could not use this word.

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  6. Kip W

    I wish they were numbered! I’d play along.

    1) DO NOT ASSASSINATE STALIN!
    4) IF YOU ARE SEEN GOOSESTEPPING YOU WILL BE PUNISHED.
    5) SHE IS ANNOYING BUT DO NOT SUCCUMB TO TEMPTATION.
    6) ACCIDENTS HAPPEN! DO NOT BE SUCH A BABY.
    12) LOOK EVERYWHERE. WHERE IS LAST PLACE YOU HAD IT?
    13) IN SOVIET UNION BELT THREADS YOU!
    14) FAILED JUGGLERS WILL BE PULLED OFF STAGE.

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  7. Tom

    I doubt if workers’ health and safety was given such attention and such quality designers commissioned especially to raise awareness of workers’ health and safety issues in capitalist countries at that time. These posters are great.

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  8. lordofthegadflies

    I wonder if these posters were displayed in the gulags or at Lubyanka? Were they shown to the electrical engineers conducting the turbine generator coastdown test that led to the prompt-criticality reactor self-destruction at Chernobyl? I should hope so, ’cause we all know how much the USSR’s leaders cared for their populace.

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