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Ways Machines Can Hurt You- 03.27.12

danger.jpg I found myself in the LA Convention Center at WESTEC - the ultimate manufacturing show from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers… wandering the amazing tools, waterjets, 3D printers, CNCs, microCNCs, robot arms, welding devices… and SO much more. With mobile phone in hand, i walked away with even MORE pictures than you’ll see on the next page of warning graphics labels than i imagined. They are AWESOME. You can see about 30 of my favorites on the next page… it’s amazing how many ways these machines can hurt you… and the way they are depicted! See the graphical goodness on the next page!

P.S. As we start ordering more machinery for NOTlabs… we may need to start exploring our own warning graphics!

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And there was something so metropolis like about these optical comparators i couldn’t resist… warn31.jpg

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Further research lead me to Clarion Safety which makes some incredible warning labels… i just went through every safety label, here’s a roundup of my favorites… morewarn.jpg

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Love these photos. Don’t know Y, but I’ve always found them fascinating, intriguing and beautiful. Thanks.

----- MoBerries 18.01.13 14:39

Always liked the one in last picture, from those with red round border, 4th from the top.

Doesn’t it basically mean “forbidding entrance forbidden”, considering there’s a red line over the angry looking man?

----- J-P 11.04.12 10:04

We’re impressed that you noticed the artistry in safety labels. As you can see Clarion is very proud to “sign” our work, as we take safety communication very seriously and are expert at semiotics (the science of signs and symbols.) It is important for your readers to know that there are national uniform ANSI and ISO standards that must be followed to assure best practices in warning labels to properly protect people and minimize liability risk. While all of these labels are interesting and dramatic, only a few (including the Clarion labels) demonstrate best practice as governed by the important ANSI Z535 standard. Thanks for the recognition and keep safe — always!

----- Patrick 09.04.12 14:27

I work for duramark technologies. We produce many of these labels. Sometimes we can’t help but laugh at what people need to be warned about for liability reasons. There is one with a baby and a mower, really? People need to be warned not to mow over babies!?

----- Ben Bates 09.04.12 07:07

One of my all-time favs is “Do not use while in bathtub”, found on my hairdryer… really?

----- joyce 01.04.12 16:01

Oh, great. You just compiled a tactical manual for the machine rebellion. We’ll see if our future robot overlords spare you for your efforts. Don’t count on it!

----- Alexander 01.04.12 10:58

I’ve seen similar in zoos— “This animal bites” with a chunk taken out of hand, etc. Also liked the “Hazardous ramp for wheelchairs” sign with a smiling alligator at the bottom of the ramp, looking like Meals on Wheels had just arrived.

One hand-made sign that sums up all of yours: “DANGER Do not touch. Not only will this kill you, it will hurt the whole time you’re dying.”

----- Rhea 29.03.12 20:54

I just LOVE warning signs & stickers! At our last house (rented) we had one of the “hands being crushed in gears” affixed to the water tank on the guest toilet. Because well, you just never know, right?

----- The Slapster 27.03.12 21:06

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