Safety and the movies… Star Trek
By Matt King
Sometimes, when we watch movies, there are situations that we just cannot relate to. Sometimes, there are whole movies we can’t relate to. Maybe it’s a detective story with a dark underbelly or a romantic comedy in which people act like no one you have ever known before. Or maybe, it’s an epic science fiction story, like J.J. Abrams’s 2009 reboot, Star Trek.
While this is an exciting movie, the question remains: What sort of safety tips can I glean from a movie set almost entirely in space? Don’t fret, dear reader, we’ve got you covered. Here are your three Star Trek safety tips.
1. Know your environment
At one point in the movie, Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, the future Scottish engineer of the USS Enterprise, transports himself and James T. Kirk into the Enterprise, hoping to save them from the Romulan ship that’s caused so much trouble already. The problem is, though, they don’t know where they are teleporting, or beaming themselves to, and Scotty ends up stuck in a large water tube, swimming for his life. The point here? Know your environment before you jump in. When you are starting any new job, know what you are getting into. You don’t want to be the guy stuck in the water tube.
2. Follow your safety training
Have you ever gone skydiving? I haven’t, but in Star Trek, there’s a part where Kirk, Sulu and some other guy go skydiving in order to reach a giant Romulan drill that threatens to destroy the planet Vulcan. As they hurtle down, Kirk and Sulu pull their parachutes, but the third guy doesn’t, waiting until the last possible second so he can get a better thrill or be the fastest. This is unequivocally, inarguably stupid. We aren’t as blunt here at Heads Up as folks sometimes are, but seriously, that’s just straight-up dumb. Anyways, the point here is that people should follow their safety training. If you have questions, ask them. If you have ideas, bring them up with your supervisor. But don’t be like the third guy in Star Trek. Much like him, it could cost you your life and endanger others.
3. Let your employer know what health issues or allergies you have
Early in the movie, James T. Kirk is trying to sneak onto the ship. His pal Bones McCoy tells him he can get him on the ship as long as Kirk is a patient of his. Kirk eventually gets on board, with McCoy giving him some medication to heal after they intentionally made him sick. But the medication backfires. Kirk has an allergic reaction to the meds and his hands swell up like small balloons. You should always let your employer know what sort of allergies you have. If you are allergic to peanuts, your employer can help facilitate an environment that accommodates that. There are a number of reasons to do this and ensure your safety on the job.
Space… the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Also, to be safe on the workplace. Let’s add that.