They’re made out of bloody strong stuff out there in Eastern Europe aren’t they? Despite enduring an unbelievably cold winter climate, a revolution in 1917, Nazi invasion, Stalinist purges, Boris Yeltsin’s dancing and Mikhail Gorbachev’s birthmark, our Russian friends still know how to go about their daily business with a smile on their faces. Here at The W1nners’ Club we put this down to the fact that life was so tough during the Soviet era that the good ol’ Russians can pretty much handle anything you throw at them. If you don’t believe us, have a look at some of these Soviet era workplace health and safety posters below. Whilst no one in our office knows how to speak Russian, the pictures alone tell us that life must have been pretty tough, so we have come up with some of our own interpretations of the images to give you an idea of just how tough life must have been back then.
If you’re in any way squeamish – look away now!
1. Beware of psychotic co-workers that may be jealous of your latest pedicure
2. Don’t attempt to copy Rupert Grint’s latest haircut whilst operating machinery
3. Never borrow money from colleagues that spend most of the day within easy reach of a pitchfork
4. Don’t turn up to work pissed if your job involves carrying bricks across a rooftop that is more than twenty feet up
5. Don’t tease a co-worker if your favourite football team beat theirs by more than three goals at the weekend
6. Don’t do Mickey Mouse impressions in between cattle trucks
7. Don’t have a bet with colleagues that you’re able to climb up and touch the factory roof next time the boss is off sick
8. Don’t wear a long jacket whilst playing ‘Oranges and Lemons’ with heavy machinery
9. Don’t put a onesie on back-to-front if you plan on putting your hands into the jaws of an industrial sized mangle
(Picture source: Imgur)