“Workplace safety” videos are closely related to “mental hygiene” filmstrips, which were instructional films for children and teens ranging in themes from sex education, drugs, dating, and physical and mental health topics. Workplace safety videos are kind of the grown-up version of mental hygiene films.
Most workplace safety videos show examples of the right and wrong ways to complete tasks, followed by a display of the repercussions if you do things the wrong way. Usually they are kind of dorky and offer more than a few unintentional laughs. Not WILL YOU BE HERE TOMORROW. This “workplace safety” film is more like a workplace snuff film. In less than five minutes, over a dozen workplace accidents are shown in gruesome, bloody detail. Fingers and arms are ripped off, body parts are crushed, eyes are poked out, and I think towards the end one guy sets off an atomic bomb or something.
Interspersed throughout the carnage, talking heads with decades of unspecified “safety experience” offer vague platitudes like “work together!” and “get enough sleep!” before returning to the bloodshed. WILL YOU BE HERE TOMORROW is more akin to a cheesy backyard horror flick made by teens with dad’s home video camera than a professional video. Even the title screams “horror flick.”
Take a peek at WILL YOU BE HERE TOMORROW and tell me if you have learned any safety lessons from this “educational” film!