Occupational Safety isn't a joke. If you're fixing an AC compressor on the ledge of the 28th floor with no harness, you're just inviting trouble over, and risking not only your life but ending up on the r/OSHA subreddit as well.

This online community is made up of 725,000 members who are constantly reminding one another to follow safety regulations by posting pictures of people who didn't. And I have to say, it's working — these disasters in the making were so bad, scrolling through them made me put on a helmet before changing the lightbulb in my bedroom and getting inside a hazmat suit just as I was about to take out the trash.

#1

I Think My City Ordered Their Cones Off Of Wish.com

I Think My City Ordered Their Cones Off Of Wish.com

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Lis Daglish
Community Member
10 months ago

These wee chaps will have grown a lot after they’ve been there a few months.

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One of the moderators of the subreddit, -eDgAR-, said it is above all a subreddit that is meant to be lighthearted, where you come for a laugh at how ridculous some people can be. "It's not meant to be a place for serious discussions about safety, although, often times comments can actually get into great analysis about the issues shown in posts, which is grea," they told Bored Panda.

#2

Emergency "Exit" In A Friend's Office Building. First Time They Opened It Was During A Fire Alarm

Emergency "Exit" In A Friend's Office Building. First Time They Opened It Was During A Fire Alarm

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Tracy Barnwell
Community Member
10 months ago

“In case of fire, sit here on the floor and cry in an orderly fashion.”

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However, if we were to get serious for a moment, there were 5,250 fatal work injuries in the US in 2018, with falls being the leading cause of death. A year before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported 5,147 workplace fatalities. The United States consistently outpaces other industrialized nations in workplace fatalities: here, the average rate for these incidents has hovered at 3.5 deaths for every 100,000 workers over the past decade while workplace fatality rates in the UK have remained under 1.0 death for every 100,000 workers over the past decade, and under 1.5 deaths for every 100,000 workers on average for the 15 earliest member states of the European Union.

#3

Log Lift (Oregon, 1973)

Log Lift (Oregon, 1973)

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Full of Giggles
Community Member
10 months ago

At least they're wearing hard hats.

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In the steel industry, for example, several workers die every year from a fatal fall, and the occupation is regularly cited as one of the most dangerous in the US. Even though

Sadly, Mike Wright, director of health, safety and environment at the United Steelworkers union, told The Guardian that all of these deaths are preventable. "I've seen a lot of fatalities where you walk in and you think: 'I can't believe this didn't happen 10 years ago," Wright said.

According to him, fatalities most often happen in shifts where supervision is lacking in cases where routine safety procedures are ignored, such as workers rushing to fix a broken piece of equipment to return to production as soon as possible.

Wright explained that many fatal falls are underreported because of how coroners rule on causes of death. If a cardiac event was included as part of a workplace fall, OSHA will often refuse to code these incidents as workplace fatalities even if the United Steelworkers union argues the victim would have survived the cardiac event otherwise.

#4

I'll Do My Best

I'll Do My Best

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David K
Community Member
10 months ago

We dare you to have any emergency in this place!

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Employers should not only look for ways to eliminate risks and hazards but also use administrative controls, such as proper training, providing personal protective equipment, and creating systems where production pressures, miscommunication, or poor training don't enable something to go wrong where it could cause a worker to get injured or die in the workplace.

Getting back to r/OSHA, -eDgAR- said it is governed by pretty much the same laws as the rest of Reddit. For example, the answer to the question of whether or not a particular post goes go viral often lies in timing. "We don't get a crazy amount of posts like other subreddits and have seen days with only a handful of posts. If you're one of the lucky first chances are you'll get to the top."

If you have anything to submit, the moderator happily invites you to do it! "We love original content and growing as a community," they added.

#5

The Fire Exit On This College Building

The Fire Exit On This College Building

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
10 months ago

There's a college for cats?

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#6

When I Was Doing Construction I Was Apparently Featured In A "Safety Fails" Site On Pinterest

When I Was Doing Construction I Was Apparently Featured In A "Safety Fails" Site On Pinterest

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Viviane
Community Member
10 months ago

Snakes and ladders, the 3D version: "Nope, no snakes yet."

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#7

Construction Of The Dirigible Uss Macon, 1934. Look At Those Ladders

Construction Of The Dirigible Uss Macon, 1934. Look At Those Ladders

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Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
10 months ago

Ladders aside, this is an astonishing image!

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#8

Absolutely No Ppe In Sight

Absolutely No Ppe In Sight

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
10 months ago

no PPE, but there is the bear necessities

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#9

One Of My Guys Sent Me This Today

One Of My Guys Sent Me This Today

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
10 months ago

this is called team work

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#10

Lawncranemower™

Lawncranemower™

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Vincent Philippart
Community Member
10 months ago

Screw the risk, this is awesome

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#11

A Great Way To Show That You’re Absolutely Loving Your Job

A Great Way To Show That You’re Absolutely Loving Your Job

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
10 months ago

self motivation - work properly otherwise you will die

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#12

I Don’t See A Problem Here

I Don’t See A Problem Here

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Hans
Community Member
10 months ago

Wow, this is beyond everything we saw today. Could with a mistake blow up the whole block.

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#13

Screw It - That's Close Enough

Screw It - That's Close Enough

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Purr·maid
Community Member
10 months ago

Irony..

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#14

A Little More To The Right

A Little More To The Right

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Helen Haley
Community Member
10 months ago

How did he get up there? How is it holding his weight?

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#15

Fixing Pipes, Egyptian Edition

Fixing Pipes, Egyptian Edition

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Sabse
Community Member
10 months ago

Holy.....!

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#16

Ventilated So They Won’t Fog While Spraying Caustic Chemicals. Get Yours Today While Supplies Last!

Ventilated So They Won’t Fog While Spraying Caustic Chemicals. Get Yours Today While Supplies Last!

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MauKini
Community Member
10 months ago

Reminds me of this old lady that lives in my apartment building. She couldnt afford masks so i gave her a few. She cut holes in to make breathing easier...

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#17

Faint Wheelchair Noises In The Background

Faint Wheelchair Noises In The Background

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Gin. No tonic
Community Member
10 months ago

I once saw a guy who had just drilled through the middle of his palm. I couldn't figure out how someone could do such crazy thing. Now I can.

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#18

The Hotel I'm Staying In Is Keeping The Plastic Covers On Its Fire Alarms To Keep Them Newer For Longer

The Hotel I'm Staying In Is Keeping The Plastic Covers On Its Fire Alarms To Keep Them Newer For Longer

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Ivo H
Community Member
10 months ago

Probably the same kind of people that never peels display covers off their phones.

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#19

Woodstock 1969 Sound Crew Members Being Craned Up To Their Stations

Woodstock 1969 Sound Crew Members Being Craned Up To Their Stations

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Johnny Rodriguez
Community Member
10 months ago

They are high..

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#20

Heater At My Job Site

Heater At My Job Site

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Ivo H
Community Member
10 months ago

What could go wrong?

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#21

"I've Done It A Million Times. This Is Totally Safe." - My Coworker

"I've Done It A Million Times. This Is Totally Safe." - My Coworker

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Ivo H
Community Member
10 months ago

I cannot find a way this could be more dangerous.. Maybe some hungry bears waiting on the ground, or the tree being on fire?

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#22

When Tow Trucks Are Too Expensive And A New Paint And Other Minor Repairs Aren't

When Tow Trucks Are Too Expensive And A New Paint And Other Minor Repairs Aren't

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Tracy Barnwell
Community Member
10 months ago

I have so many questions...

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#23

This Sight I Stumbled On The Way Back To Work Today

This Sight I Stumbled On The Way Back To Work Today

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Purr·maid
Community Member
10 months ago

That should send the message not to ever park in his spot.

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#24

Yikes

Yikes

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Tracy Barnwell
Community Member
10 months ago

I hope he has the keys...

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#25

A Contest That Nobody Wins

A Contest That Nobody Wins

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Russian Otaku
Community Member
10 months ago

That very likely gave permanent harm and took years of their life

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#26

We Had 5-6 People Scrape/Cut Themselves Walking Past This Exposed Thermostat, So We Finally Complained... Came In This Morning To This Solution

We Had 5-6 People Scrape/Cut Themselves Walking Past This Exposed Thermostat, So We Finally Complained... Came In This Morning To This Solution

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Douglas Turner
Community Member
10 months ago

Now they just get paper cuts...

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#27

Yeah That Should Be Fine

Yeah That Should Be Fine

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Hans
Community Member
10 months ago

It is only bending slightly...

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#28

Right Above The Toilet. Good Thing I’m Not 6’1”

Right Above The Toilet. Good Thing I’m Not 6’1”

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Ivo H
Community Member
10 months ago

Well, you never know when you'll need to scratch your head with both of your hands busy...

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#29

Today At Work

Today At Work

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Purr·maid
Community Member
10 months ago

Dave, where are you???

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#30

Thanks Guys!

Thanks Guys!

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Holly D
Community Member
10 months ago

So that's how many men it takes to change a light bulb! XD

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#31

“Move Along, Nothing To See Here”

“Move Along, Nothing To See Here”

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Hans
Community Member
10 months ago

This makes me very uncomfortable.

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#32

Stairwell Was A Bit Tight For A Ladder, No Problem Though, My Coworkers Are Always There To Support Me!

Stairwell Was A Bit Tight For A Ladder, No Problem Though, My Coworkers Are Always There To Support Me!

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Purr·maid
Community Member
10 months ago

The guy underneath totally deserves a raise.

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#33

Sharps Container? These People Apparently Never Heard Of One...the Needles Were Poking Out Of The Box.

Sharps Container? These People Apparently Never Heard Of One...the Needles Were Poking Out Of The Box.

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Kel Gal
Community Member
10 months ago

Oh hell no.

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#34

Texts From My Manager

Texts From My Manager

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Purr·maid
Community Member
10 months ago

Boss Man, lol.

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#35

I Have No Idea How That Piece Of Asphalt Is Still Supporting Him

I Have No Idea How That Piece Of Asphalt Is Still Supporting Him

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Niffler_13
Community Member
10 months ago

Clearly the guy standing on the crack is prevent it from falling.

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#36

No One Is Gonna Fall Into This Hole! There’s A Cone!

No One Is Gonna Fall Into This Hole! There’s A Cone!

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Troux
Community Member
10 months ago

That's a very heavy cone!

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#37

Took This Photo A Few Years Ago

Took This Photo A Few Years Ago

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Purr·maid
Community Member
10 months ago

So I wonder if that rubble was there conveniently or did they haul it in just for this purpose...🤔💭

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#38

No Need To Lock Out, This'll Just Take A Second

No Need To Lock Out, This'll Just Take A Second

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Russian Otaku
Community Member
10 months ago

Wtf no

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#39

Fixing An Ac Compressor On A Level 28 Ledge

Fixing An Ac Compressor On A Level 28 Ledge

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Tracy Barnwell
Community Member
10 months ago

Just looking at this photo gives me cold chills.

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#40

Approved Non-Slip Non-Conductive Tread

Approved Non-Slip Non-Conductive Tread

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MauKini
Community Member
10 months ago

Thats disusting. Disrepecting the fish that could have been consumed but now died for nothing.

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