We can probably all use a mid-week chuckle… I used to be a die hard fan of The Simpsons. I’ve drifted away from watching the show over time, but a friend recommended that I was the season finale.
The full episode is embedded below (and probably can only be seen in the U.S., sorry).
My favorite part started about 2:00 into the video.
Homer is trying to get out the door to go home and C. Montgomery Burns stops him.
“Simpson… hold up one end of this poster.”
Ha, a cheesy safety poster for the nuclear plant. The type of thing that W. Edwards Deming would have railed again… posters and slogans that don’t reflect reality.
Does the Springfield Nuclear Plant have a track record of putting safety first? Anyone who watches the show knows the answer is a resounding “no.”
Burns says, “Now use it to conceal this!”
Yikes! That whole in the wall doesn’t look very good.
But, Homer and Waylon Smithers do what they’re told (it’s a “command and control” workplace, of course).
We see signs of the toxic workplace culture in “Montgomery Bird” holding:
- A loose uranium rod
- A whip
So, they follow orders and cover the hole:
Problem solved! “Excellent,” as Burns would say.
It’s frustrating to see organizations not practice what they preach when it comes to safety… in cartoon Springfield or the real world.
Here’s the whole episode:
I hope you don’t see similarities to your own workplace.
I did learn, via Twitter, that there are workplace safety posters that you can buy featuring The Simpsons. I’m not sure if that’s good in that people might look at them or bad that it trivializes safety as an important issue.
— Rebecca (@ZestyCactus) March 31, 2016
— Max (@2TheeMax) December 25, 2015
— unbelievable item (@matanzocasio) May 21, 2015
— lovely offer (@calimacoluj) May 21, 2015
— unbelievable auction (@casiodoromateu) May 21, 2015
— lovely deal (@calistomacias) May 21, 2015
— lovely auctions (@macarlosma) May 21, 2015
— highly great product (@cacimera) May 22, 2015
— highly nice reviews (@crisogped) May 21, 2015
Even in Spanish:
— high-class deal (@gortabrian) May 22, 2015
— high-class review (@brunolavs) May 21, 2015
I don’t think “PAY ATTENTION” is really a good safety strategy instead of improving systems:
— highly nice review (@cornelioyo) May 21, 2015
— highly great offer (@cefemero) May 21, 2015
— highly amazing aucti (@cristpet) May 21, 2015
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