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Safety and the movies…Guardians of the Galaxy

By Calissa Reid

Earlier this month, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy. I know, I know, I’m pretty much the last person on the planet to see this film. Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy features Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as a team of misfits that come together to protect the galaxy from Ronan the Accuser.

Obviously Guardians of the Galaxy is filled with star-blasting, spaceship-chasing action and adventure, but it’s also very funny. There were multiple scenes where I was bursting with laughter. If you haven’t seen the movie—although I’m guessing you probably have—go check it out. It’s still playing in some theatres across the province.

So we know there’s action, and there’s also some comedy, but we can’t have a Safety and the movies blog post without some safety lessons. Guardians of the Galaxy has quite a few dangerous scenarios that we can learn from. Let’s take a look.

1. Look before you leap

In this scene, the Guardians of the Galaxy are trying to figure out how to stop the evil Ronan. Clearly, they are struggling with coming up with a plan (12% of a plan doesn’t sound like much to me).

Rocket may seem like he’s being negative, but he just wants to know what he’s getting into before they start work.

When it comes to your job, you need to know the details of work before you start. You can find a list of important list of questions to ask your employer here. And if you don’t feel comfortable with the task, you can always say no.

2. Know the lingo

Oh Drax. He was unexpectedly my favourite character in the movie. He takes everything so literally (I laughed SO hard at this line). We all have those moments when we just don’t get it, and that’s OK.

In a previous blog post, Lauren mentioned that our workplace is filled with acronyms, and it can be difficult to remember them all. If your job is acronym- or jargon-heavy, take note of the important ones, especially if they are safety related. This WHMIS symbol chart is a great reference if you are exposed to hazardous materials at work.

3. Protect yourself

This is the strongest piece of PPE I have ever seen! If only these indestructible pods existed at every worksite.

Now, I don’t want to give you the wrong idea. Don’t wear PPE so you can throw yourself into dangerous situations—like Rocket did.  Wear PPE to protect yourself in case you are placed in danger. Not all PPE looks as slick as these pods, but all PPE is designed with one thing in mind: keeping you safe.

I’ve been trying to think of a safety tip around one of my favourite clips in the movie, but I’m not quite sure how a dancing baby Groot really fits in with workplace safety. Regardless, I hope you enjoyed the adorable clip and keep the other (relevant) video clips and safety tips in mind when you go to work. As always, work smart, work safe and keep your heads up!

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