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Safety and the movies… The Neverending Story

By Lauren Smith

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 It’s time for a trip down memory lane!

The Neverending Story was one of my favourite movies as a kid. As an adult, the effects aren’t as impressive as they once were and Falkor the luck dragon seems kinda creepy, but I still love the adventure and wonder of this film. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s definitely worth checking out.

After re-watching the film for the ten-billionth time last weekend, I was struck by a few safety violations that I wanted to address…

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1. Stealing is not safe

When we discuss safety in the workplace, we’re usually focused on how to prevent physically harming yourself. Here on the blog we haven’t really touched on ethical issues.

At the beginning of The Neverending Story, the main character, Bastian, steals a book from a little shop after the owner tells him he’s not allowed to have it. Stealing is never the answer. Not only is it wrong from an ethical standpoint, but stealing will likely get you fired from your job. It’s never worth the risk.

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2. Restricted for a reason

Bastian’s second safety violation is when he ventures into the attic of his school – an area that is off limits for students.

Whenever an area is blocked off, there’s usually a reason for limiting access and usually it has to do with safety. If an area is deemed dangerous, restricted access prevents those who are unaware of the dangers from entering the area and accidentally hurting themselves. Better safe than sorry.

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3. Falkor and fall protection

The main reason I love this movie is because of Falkor, the luck dragon. The shot above perfectly encapsulates the epic-ness of Falkor’s glory as he soars above the clouds with Bastian on his back.

However, no safety harnesses are ever worn when the characters ride Falkor and we all know fall protection is a MUST whenever venturing to new heights.

 

Have you seen The Neverending Story? Did you notice any safety violations in the world of Fantasia? Comment below or tweet us @HeadsUpAB.

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