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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.

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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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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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.

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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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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

“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.

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

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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.

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."

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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.

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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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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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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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I Don’t See A Problem Here

I Don’t See A Problem Here

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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A Little More To The Right

A Little More To The Right

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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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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Faint Wheelchair Noises In The Background

Faint Wheelchair Noises In The Background

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Gin. No tonic
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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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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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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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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"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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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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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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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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A Contest That Nobody Wins

A Contest That Nobody Wins

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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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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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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Thanks Guys!

Thanks Guys!

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“Move Along, Nothing To See Here”

“Move Along, Nothing To See Here”

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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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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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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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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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Took This Photo A Few Years Ago

Took This Photo A Few Years Ago

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Fixing An Ac Compressor On A Level 28 Ledge

Fixing An Ac Compressor On A Level 28 Ledge

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Approved Non-Slip Non-Conductive Tread

Approved Non-Slip Non-Conductive Tread

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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After All My Years Working Construction, I Have Given Out My Darwin Award

After All My Years Working Construction, I Have Given Out My Darwin Award

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Found This Guy Digging In A Manhole On Busy 4 Lane Road. No Cones, No Truck, Just An Orange Vest

Found This Guy Digging In A Manhole On Busy 4 Lane Road. No Cones, No Truck, Just An Orange Vest

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If Only There Was Some Sort Of Moveable Elevating Basket He Could Use, Instead Of Balancing On This Thing

If Only There Was Some Sort Of Moveable Elevating Basket He Could Use, Instead Of Balancing On This Thing

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“If It Rains Harder Than X Amount, We Have To Empty This Every 5 Minutes “ - Employee Of The Month

“If It Rains Harder Than X Amount, We Have To Empty This Every 5 Minutes “ - Employee Of The Month

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The Fifth Floor Of Our Building Has Been Held Up By Jacks For 20+ Years

The Fifth Floor Of Our Building Has Been Held Up By Jacks For 20+ Years

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This Guy Napping In A Wood Chipper At The End Of My Street

This Guy Napping In A Wood Chipper At The End Of My Street

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

“What happened to Bob? He never came back from break. Oh well. Back to work!”

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20 Meters Above Ground - A Long Way To Fall

20 Meters Above Ground - A Long Way To Fall

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The Supervisor Asked Me To Delete The Picture As Well. No Harness On Either Of Them

The Supervisor Asked Me To Delete The Picture As Well. No Harness On Either Of Them

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Quit My Job After I Got Asked To Climb This Ladder On A 6 In 12 Pitch Roof. $10/Hr Scraping Paint Is Not Worth A Broken Neck

Quit My Job After I Got Asked To Climb This Ladder On A 6 In 12 Pitch Roof. $10/Hr Scraping Paint Is Not Worth A Broken Neck

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Stirling Council Have Photoshopped Hardhats On To Their Workers

Stirling Council Have Photoshopped Hardhats On To Their Workers

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No Such Thing As ‘Health And Safety’ In Myanmar - This Dude’s Repairing An Air Conditioner On The 22nd Floor. As You Do

No Such Thing As ‘Health And Safety’ In Myanmar - This Dude’s Repairing An Air Conditioner On The 22nd Floor. As You Do

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Saw This Quick Fix On My Run Earlier

Saw This Quick Fix On My Run Earlier

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If You Do It Outside You Don’t Need Respirators, Right?

If You Do It Outside You Don’t Need Respirators, Right?

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High, Higher, Highest

High, Higher, Highest

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Only Entrance To My Current Job Site

Only Entrance To My Current Job Site

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I Think This Belongs Here

I Think This Belongs Here

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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You Already Know He Was Scooting Along Too, While On The Bucket. Also Job Site Exposed To Coronavirus And Still Open

You Already Know He Was Scooting Along Too, While On The Bucket. Also Job Site Exposed To Coronavirus And Still Open

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Our Family Hired A Carpenter To Replace The Top Deck. Came Outside To Find Him Balanced Over A Bed Of Rusty Nails

Our Family Hired A Carpenter To Replace The Top Deck. Came Outside To Find Him Balanced Over A Bed Of Rusty Nails

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Yeah, I Think That's Right

Yeah, I Think That's Right

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It's Okay, Just Hold Very Very Still!

It's Okay, Just Hold Very Very Still!

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This Lightbulb Is Held Up By Three Nails And Loose Wiring

This Lightbulb Is Held Up By Three Nails And Loose Wiring

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Clamped Broken Railing For Bonus

Clamped Broken Railing For Bonus

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There's No Osha In Peru

There's No Osha In Peru

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2nd Leading Cause Of Death In Costa Rica

2nd Leading Cause Of Death In Costa Rica

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Maybe Too Much For A Pickup Truck?

Maybe Too Much For A Pickup Truck?

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Work Place Safety Legend

Work Place Safety Legend

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Working In A Church Made Him So Happy That He Decided He Wanted To Meet Jesus Himself

Working In A Church Made Him So Happy That He Decided He Wanted To Meet Jesus Himself

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They Didn't Even Need The Fourth Ladder

They Didn't Even Need The Fourth Ladder

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Ready For Lift Off

Ready For Lift Off

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought he was saying a prayer at first. Now that I clearly see what he's doing, I insist he say one!🙏

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Quick Release Fire Extinguisher At My Hotel

Quick Release Fire Extinguisher At My Hotel

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In case of emergency, find a knife and spend ten minutes to get fire extinguisher

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“I’m A Surgeon With This Thing”

“I’m A Surgeon With This Thing”

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Forgot The Ol Hard Hat At Home

Forgot The Ol Hard Hat At Home

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