Today I’m preparing for our Depot Open Weekend at Acton, taking place this Saturday and Sunday. We’ll be exploring lots of engineering things over the weekend, so I’ve been hunting out posters which fit in with the theme.
We’ve got a great set of posters by Edward E Hunt, which encouraged staff to work safely in garages. Bus garages were dangerous, dirty, noisy places where accidents could very easily happen if people didn’t take care. This poster explains that there was an average of 70 accidents per month in the garages in 1934. It shows ‘a weed that feeds on carelessness’ with each petal giving the average number of accidents and their causes. Lots of nasty stuff happening including:
- 6 caused by bonnets falling
- 8 caused by tools slipping and falling
- 4 caused by sharp objects
- 3 caused by boarding and alighting
There were also 14 ‘ordinary accidents’. What do you think this might have included?
The poster below is by the same artist, warning of the dangers of slippery oil and grease. I really like the red warning triangles and the bold designs which must have made them stand out on the garage walls. What do you think of them?
You can see more from the series by searching for Edward E Hunt on our poster browser.