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Workplace Safety Videos Got Pretty Horrific in the ’90s

One shows workers being gored by factory equipment to a horror movie soundtrack.

Workplace safety in the ’90s was no joke—in fact, it was more like a horror movie. At least that’s how the above video makes it seem. The short film was made to show factory workers that unsafe working methods can lead to tragedy. 

The shots show various workers meeting brutal—really brutal—ends at the hands of factory equipment and machinery, interspersed with clips of “victim testimonials.” The backing track is essentially cheesy samba music inserted into a horror movie soundtrack. It’s not clear which is scarier—the gore, or the music—but it certainly makes for an entertaining watch.

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Update (4/25): We originally referred to the video as being released in the ’80s. It was made in 1998.