Thursday, January 23, 2014

Blood on the Backhoe!

Aka: Loader / Backhoe Safety Manuel for operators and mechanics, courtesy of Industrial & Construction Equipment Division of Chicago IL, and published in 1975-- this booklet reads like pre code horror comic of mangled death and destruction, as we follow a poor cartoon character through a series of wrongs and rights (mostly wrongs) that would make even Mr. Bill run for the hills screaming. Seriously, who knew there were so many ways to meet your maker by simply working on or around one of these machines?! Carefully read over the selected highlights presented to you today below, and for god's sake-- BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!!!






















6 comments:

Craftypants Carol said...

what the hell could a backhoe tail gait? a horse and buggy? man i dont even want to go near a backhoe now! esp if the pressure in the hydraulic line can drive oil through pores and under skin. freaking eeek!

i really love that tunnel image! they could have just left it a dark black hole but they added the other end in there. so cool!. and the image with the dude having lunch while his backhoe is rolling away is great too! and that freaky rock that's all small but then when it hits the roof of the backhoe it's GIANT! hilarious!

Mr. Cavin said...

Every time I see the safety information sheet in the airline seat pocket in front of me I think of the hilarious fakes the anarchists replace them with in Fight Club. That always seems like such a good idea to me. Today's pamphlet is also ripe for that kind of madness.

R.A.M.'67 said...

The literary equivalent of the "Shake Hands with Danger" safety film. Great stuff!

Karswell said...

There's more fun safety stuff in my archive, check out these if you need additional help in not getting killed:

http://andeverythingelsetoo.blogspot.com/2012/01/workin-on-railroad.html

and:

http://andeverythingelsetoo.blogspot.com/2011/04/house-of-blood.html

and don't miss:

http://andeverythingelsetoo.blogspot.com/2011/04/what-every-driver-must-know.html

JMR777 said...

These guys don't need hard hats, they need body armor like Iron Man wears!

Karswell said...

har!