5 Free Workplace Safety Videos for Your Next Safety Meeting

Looking for a way to shake up your next safety meeting or safety training session? This post provides five videos from YouTube that can be incorporated into your next meeting. An explanation is provided for each video on how to relate it back to workplace safety so that it is relevant to your workforce.

5 free videos to use at safety meeting

Five Videos to Use at Your Next Safety Meeting

There are five free videos linked below that can be used as part of a safety meeting or safety training session. There are also free toolbox talk topics that are provided on this site that can be used as part of these meetings.

Not all of the videos may directly relate to what you do at your worksite, but there are lessons to share that probably do relate to the work that your employees do.

The videos that are shared in this post include:

  1. Human Attention Abilities Video
  2. Fatigued Forklift Driver Accident Video
  3. Caught Under Forklift Unsafe Decision Video
  4. Crane Load Failure Video
  5. Personal Fall Arrest System Saves Worker From Fall Video

These videos and related safety topics are discussed below!

1. Human Attention Abilities Video

This video provides a great example of how easy it is to miss finer details. The video initially misdirects the audience by requesting them to count how many times the basketball is passed to the people in white shirts. The correct answer is 16.

Correctly counting these passes is difficult, and it takes a lot of attention to get the correct answer. While this challenge can pose a great lesson, there is a twist provided in the video. At one point, a person in a gorilla costume comes in and out of frame. About half of your audience will miss this obvious detail.

How to Relate the Video Back to Safety

While this is not a safety video per se, it is a great video to use as the basis for a broader lesson. The lesson is- IT IS EASY TO MISS DETAILS. Paying attention to details and being mindful of what is going on around you while at work can often make the difference in whether you are injured on the job or not.

The video can be used to explain how easy it is to overlook common hazards, become complacent, or not pay attention to hazards created around employees by other work tasks taking place. It is a great way to remind employees to stay mindful of what is going on and to avoid tunnel vision with the specific work they are completing.

Safety Toolbox Topics Related to This Video

There are several free safety talk topics related to this video. The first topic is Selective Attention at Work. This topic is directly related to the video. Other related topics include: It Was a Matter of Time, It Won’t Happen to Me, and Line of Fire Hazards.

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2. Fatigued Forklift Accident Video

This video shows a forklift driver falling asleep, resulting in him striking a storage rack. This strike results in the storage rack collapsing. It appears that both employees shown in the video escape without significant injury, but there is extensive property damage and product loss.

How to Relate the Video Back to Safety

This video can be used to communicate various safety messages. The most obvious is the importance of not being fatigued on the job. Even if your employees do not operate forklifts or work in a warehouse, the importance of being fit for duty applies to all types of employees.

The video can also be used to communicate the hazards of storage racks, being in the line of fire, and the importance of operating a forklift in a safe manner.

Safety Toolbox Topics Related to this Video

There are several safety talk topics related to this video, including Fatigue on the Job, Forklift Fatalities and Injuries, Leave Yourself an Out, and Health is Everything.

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3. Caught Under Forklift Unsafe Decision Video

WARNING – This is a graphic video. I would recommend pausing the video at 15 seconds if you decide to show it to your employees. The woman appears to be severely injured or even killed as a result of this accident.

This video shows a forklift operator in China who is trying to move a load that is too heavy for the forklift. There is already a second employee who is on the back of the forklift in an attempt to weigh it down to prevent a tip-over incident.

A third employee sees the forklift beginning to tip over and decides to run over to try to jump on the counterweight. She is bucked off the forklift and ends up underneath of it when it comes back down, resulting in a severe injury.

 

How to Relate the Video Back to Safety

There are many lessons that can be learned from this video. A primary lesson is how a quick reaction can lead to devastating results. This employee thought she was doing the right thing and paid dearly for it. The second obvious lesson is to never take part in unsafe behaviors. The forklift operator is behaving unsafely by overloading the forklift, and the individual on the back of the forklift is obviously putting himself in harm’s way unnecessarily.

Safety Toolbox Topics Related to This Video

There is a safety talk directly related to this video called The Negative Side of Quick Reactions. There are other safety talk topics relating to this video, depending on the lesson you want to focus on. A few of these topics include Forklift Fatalities and Injuries, Unsafe Acts, Rationalizing Unsafe Choices, and One Decision.

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4. Crane Load Failure Video

This video shows a crane losing control of a heavy load, resulting in the load violently striking the trailer it was being loaded on to. Luckily, it does not appear that any of the employees were harmed in the incident.

How to Relate the Video Back to Safety

This is a very relevant video if your crew takes part in lifting activities. There are still many safety lessons that can be applied by showing this video if they do not. Examples of lessons include the importance of proper task planning, using stop work authority, and staying out of the line of fire.

For example, a positive item to note when showing this video is that none of the employees were right next to the load or underneath of it. Granted, they could have been further from it to ensure their well-being.

Safety Toolbox Topics Related to This Video

A few of the safety talk topics that relate to this video include Lifting and Rigging, Line of Fire Hazards, Leave Yourself an Out, and Task Planning.

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5. Personal Fall Arrest System Saves Worker From Fall Video

WARNING – While this employee is saved from a potentially more serious injury, he most likely still sustains injuries due to this incident. This video shows an employee driving an aerial lift off of a trailer. When the aerial lift reaches the ground, the basket flings violently upwards, resulting in the employee coming out of the basket.

The fall arrest system he is wearing prevents him from falling to the ground, but he is whipped around in the process.

How to Relate the Video Back to Safety

Just like the other videos shown here, there are many lessons that can be drawn from the video, even if your employees do not take part in similar work activities. The video can be used to discuss what went well and what could have been done better. Arguably, the only positive item to note is that he was wearing the necessary PPE for the job.

There are lessons to be learned from this video, such as the importance of proper preplanning of job tasks and using stop work authority when needed. From the start of this video, it was obvious that the task was not being done in the safest manner. It is also never a good sign when someone decides to tape a relevantly basic work task.

Safety Toolbox Topics Related to This Video

Some of the safety talk topics that relate to this video include Falls in the Construction Industry, Which Safeguard Makes the Difference, Stopping Work, and Task Planning.

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Summary

Do not be afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to safety meetings. These videos are a great way to change up your next meeting. Incorporating videos can hold your audience’s attention, thus providing more value during the time you spend communicating safety to your employees.

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