12 Photos Of The Greatest Safety Fails Ever

You’ve only got one life to live, and you’d better protect it! That’s why being safe is so important, kids. But, when we’re not thinking – or when we just don’t have many you-know-whats to give – then sometimes safety flies out the window. We all have momentary lapses in judgment, and that’s okay. But, there’s being unsafe some of the times, and then there’s failing at safety entirely. Here you’ll find some of the greatest safety fails ever, fails that will leave you scratching your head and asking yourself, “What on Earth were these people thinking?!?”

1. Smoking Kills It used to be that you could smoke cigarettes just about anywhere. You could smoke on airplanes, you could smoke in restaurants, and in some places you could even smoke inside of schools. Even back then though, there was one place that you couldn’t smoke: any place that there are flammable liquids or gases. Clearly the man in this picture never received that memo.

2. Watch Out! Speaking of flammable materials, check this one out. Welding is, of course, a dangerous thing to be doing, no matter where it is that you’re doing it. However, when you’re welding around propane canisters, it stands to reason that you should use even more caution than you might normally. We assume that nothing bad happened as a result of this man’s cavalier welding attitude, because we couldn’t find an “after picture” anywhere. But then again, maybe that’s not a good sign.

3. Don’t Run Me Over! So you’ve got the car jacked up? That’s great. You’re going to go under there and figure out where that noise has been coming from? That’s great too. But, while you’re under there, maybe you might want to think about the fact that you have a car that weighs several tons hanging over year head. Also, that tire is hanging precariously close to the family jewels.

4. Isn’t it Ironic, Don’t You Think? If you didn’t pay attention in English class, then you probably find it hard to define what irony is. If you did pay attention in English class, then you still probably find it hard to define what irony is. For many, it’s just one of those things that you know when you see it. Looking at this picture, we’re willing to bet that you have no problem identifying the irony within it.

5. Nice Life Vest, Dude!. If you were to find yourself on a sinking boat, and there were no other options available to you, then this impromptu life vest would make sense. In fact, you’d be the MacGyver of the sinking ship. But, if you’re just hastily throwing that together to go swimming during a day at the beach, believing that it’s going to save you from the undertow, then you fail!

6. Transportation Fail. When you’ve got a small car, moving large items can be a real pain. But, you can always hitch a trailer if you’re moving something like a refrigerator. Of course, you want to make sure that your properly secure that refrigerator to the trailer. One can easily accomplish this with tie downs and bungee cords, rather than, say, having someone stand in the trailer and hold onto the refrigerator.

7. Changing the Lights. Have you ever wondered whose job it is to go down the highway and change out all the bulbs in the lights? How do they even get up there anyway? One thing that we’re willing to bet is that this is not the way that those light bulbs get changed. Can you imagine the disability claim that this worker would’ve tried to file if that truck had suddenly shifted underneath? Wow.

8. Fire Safety is Fundamental. The Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration, known more commonly as OSHA, is fairly clear about how businesses are supposed to protect themselves and their employees from the dangers the fire poses. One of the things that’s required is that there be working fire extinguishers that are easily accessible. What you see above is definitely not what they had in mind.

9. Take a Breather. There can be no doubt that those who work at airports have a tough job. The hours are always long, the conditions can be difficult, and there’s always a lot of ground to cover. So, we can forgive airport workers if they need to take a snooze every now and again. What we can’t forgive is choosing to take a nap inside of a jet engine.

10. Possession is 9/10ths of the Law. When you own a bike in the city, you’ve got to be careful. That’s why you should always use a bike lock to safely secure your bike when you’re parking it somewhere on the street. There are many different things that a biker can use when locking up a bike, like a tall street sign for example. You just need to make sure that whatever you lock your bike to doesn’t allow someone to slip it off easily…

11. Unlucky Ladders. If you’re the superstitious sort, then you already know that you’re not supposed to walk underneath a ladder. Anyone walking up the stairs in this picture would instantly be violating this principle. But, there’s another more important rule about ladders, one that’s actually grounded in reality. You should always make sure that all of the legs are touching the ground when you climb up one…