FINAL DESTINATION 5 REVIEW: OSH EDITION.
Released in 2011, Final Destination 5 is a gruesome horror motion picture that follows the experiences of a group of coworkers who were saved from a horrific accident due to one man’s forewarning. With a runtime of one hour and thirty- two minutes, the show is no stranger to gore, as death is hell bent on seeking its revenge on this group of individuals who have escaped its malevolence once before. This movie trails the journey of these fragile souls as they attempt to escape the clutches of death. As students of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) it has come to our notice that many scenes within the movie have safety and health violations. Therefore, we have decided to focus on the death scenes of these characters and bring to light these infractions and the preventative measures that could have been taken to avoid such tragic losses.
The movie begins with a group of coworkers, driving over a bridge, on their way to a company retreat. Caution signs and men wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) can be seen as construction is under way on the bridge. Suddenly the road cracks and jolts, and the bridge collapses beneath them causing mass loss of lives. However, corrective measures could have been put in place to avoid such a disaster. Careful examination of such large scale construction should have been done to gauge the level of risk on the job, then measures such as closing the path or working during the night when the roads are less busy should have been taken to lessen the risks.
In addition, at the gymnastics centre, it could be seen that there were faulty cooling equipment as a screw from the ceiling fan fell unto the balancing beam, water droplets from the air conditioning unit were falling unto exposed electrical wires, and a fan was placed on the mat where participants were practicing. The fallen screw damaged one of the individuals causing her to knock the powder substance into the fan creating an explosion of dust in the air and eventually leading to the fall and death of the character. On the other hand, had preventative actions been made, such as regular maintenance of heating and cooling equipment and proper placement of materials, the damage done could have been avoided.
Moreover, another death occurred at the spa. The character in question, visited the physical therapist where she performed acupuncture (the art of inserting needles into the body for therapeutic purposes). It is firstly noted that the bed was unstable and the needles were not properly sterilized, as it was simply being wiped unto an alcohol soaked cloth. Secondly, we notice the improper placement of apparatus such as the cellular phone next to the candles, as well as the ash from the incense near the alcohol filled cloth. In the scene, the ash of the incense falls unto the alcohol soaked cloth creating a fire, the bed then gives way and the character falls to the floor, in a panic the bottle of alcohol is knocked over and the cellular phone pushed the lit candle unto the substance setting the room a blaze, the character then immediately dies on impact as he smashes into the wall shelves and a statue falls unto him. His life could have been saved had it not been for the improper placement of hazardous materials.
Penultimately, a woman falls to her death after undergoing a simple eye procedure. As observed in the movie, the woman is placed under the machinery and is strapped into her seat to avoid movement. The camera then pans over to a cup of water on the edge of the water dispenser. Due to the vibrations of the water dispenser, the cup falls off the edge unto the electrical socket where the machinery is plugged into. The machinery twitches and begins to overheat which leads to the damaging of the woman’s eye. As she wrestles the machinery and frees herself from the clutches of her chair, she misbalances and falls to her demise. Had preventative measures happened and removed the incorrectly placed cup of water, another life could have been spared.
Ultimately, a man working at an industrial factory is seen standing at his job site. A loose tool is then detected near the spinning gear of a large machine. The consistent vibration of the machine shakes the tool until it falls into the gear and is pitched across the room striking the man on his head. Certain precautions such as appropriate placement of tools, and the wearing of PPE could have reduced the damage produced.
Conclusively, it can be said that OSH plays a major role in fighting death. If only the cast of Final Destination 5 had known.