"Coal Miner's Water"
Some news stories are so exasperating – especially for those directly affected by them – that you can either laugh or cry. In this clip, "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart offers his satirical take on the chemical spill that left 300,000 West Virginia residents without access to potable water for days.
Money quote: "From what I understand, these toxic-chemical tanks have been inspected as recently as ... 1991."
In this twisted “Mad TV” skit, a group of workers are 15 minutes away from celebrating 1,000 days without an accident. When their supervisor tantalizes them with the prospect of a pizza party, all hell breaks loose.
Money quote: “We're all thinking about how amazing the pizza party is gonna be. But we just need to focus.”
"Employee of the Month?
It's hard to say what's most disturbing about this video: the golf-course employee falling through the ceiling; the nonchalant response of his boss; or the fact that the employee was OK. Either way, this video (which aired on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360") does not reflect well on the safety culture at the Baneberry Golf Resort in Tennessee. Still, like a train wreck, it's hard to look away.
"Don't Walk on By"
In this clever parody of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David ballad “Walk on By,” Nick James Productions conveys the importance of employees taking personal responsibility for addressing unsafe conditions in the workplace.
Money quote: “There’s always that someone taking action, but it’s never you.”
"Lamar and Ron: Keeping it Real with Electrical Safety"
Developed and posted by DuPont Sustainable Solutions, this is part of the “Wrong Way Right Way” series of humorous safety videos. In a nod to “Starsky and Hutch,” rogue employees Lamar and Ron show what not to do regarding electrical safety. The second half of the video offers real electrical-safety tips.
Money quote: “I told you to wear proper PPE. You look like idiots.”
This behavior-based video by Nick James Productions emphasizes the importance of employees taking ownership of and accountability for safety by addressing the denial that “runs rampant in every work environment.” In this video, denial is represented by a mythical employee known as “Wasn’t Me.”
Money quote: “Wasn’t Me, you have a call on Line 3.”
“How to Have an Accident at Work”
In this vintage Disney cartoon, Donald Duck tries to blame a string of workplace mishaps on fate – despite J.J. Fate’s repeated efforts to keep him out of harm’s way.
J.J. Fate: “Mr. Duck, don’t forget your safety gear.”
Donald Duck: “Oh phooey on all that unnecessary equipment!”
"Millennials in the Workplace"
OK, this mock training video from Official Comedy isn’t specifically related to safety. But if you have millennials in your employment ranks, you might find it funny (then again, you might not).
Money quote: “Why even hire Millennials? Well, Millennials comprise 19 percent of the workforce. If none of them worked, and their parents supported them, they would cripple our economy, and China would take over.”
"A Millennial's Guide to Baby Boomers"
After getting the baby boomers' perspective on millennials in the workplace, it's only fair that we include the millennials' view of baby boomers, in this satirical survival guide by Official Comedy. We apologize if we're perpetuating the generation gap.
Money quote: “You got a job. Congratulations! That must have been hard considering the financial crisis that the baby boomers caused.”
"What's Wrong with this Picture?"
This instructional video from SafetyInstruction.com uses humor to demonstrate proper (and improper) lifting techniques. Although it feels a bit more homemade than some of the other videos, it does a good job of getting the point across, and the narration and clips are good for a few guffaws.
Money quote: "Albert Einstein knew a lot about physics. But did he know anything about safety?"
"The Dark Ages of Safety"
Using black and white footage from the National Archives, this video from SafetyInstruction.com takes a light-hearted look at the evolution of workplace safety over the past century.
Money quote: "If an employee became injured, they carted him off to the hospital, had the doctors patch him up and hopefully he'd be back to work in a short period of time."
"Male Bonding or Bullying?"
And now some breaking news from The Onion ("America's finest news source"): Twenty-six-year-old shipping clerk Russell Chambliss can't tell if his co-workers "are attempting to forge a male bond with him or cruelly harrassing him." In The Onion's inimitable deadpan reporting style, Chambliss discusses his confusing experience with co-workers at a local Irish tavern. Caution: This video contains ribald language.
Money quote: "I can't tell if it's their way of letting me feel like I'm part of the group or making me feel bad about myself."