Monday, January 28, 2008

Canadian Safety or Grand Guignol?

My friend Bob brought these grisly, violent Canadian public service announcements to my attention, and we're wondering if Wes Craven directed them between takes while working on Last House on the Left.

Most of them were created by the Canadian Workplace Safety & Insurance Board:

Is the national psyche of Canada so dark that these are considered helpful warnings? Should we really believe that an incident where young woman gets scalded beyond recognition in the workplace isn't an "accident," because someone didn't identify and mop up a spot of grease right away? Looks like the campaign is less about workplace safety and more concerned with laying blame on the injured, saving the WSIB those pesky workplace injury insurance claim payouts...?

Check out the comically gruesome videos below if you have a strong stomach:

Language warning for this one:

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