Think twice

Australia, 1958

Think twice | Norma Disher | 1958 | ACMI collection

This 1958 film demonstrates the hazards associated with the boilermaking trade. It outlines the dangers of heat, infrared and ultraviolet rays and fumes, which are encountered with oxyacetylene and electric arc welding. It shows how accidents happen with each of these dangers and the types of injury suffered, including burns, eye injury and blindness, and serious illness caused by inhalation of fumes. It also shows how accidental explosions can occur when using welding equipment, and the importance of safe practices when welding, particularly in confined spaces.

The film emphasises the protective gear and equipment recommended at the time that should be used in order to avoid these hazards. It also shows teenage apprentices, some very young, being trained in safety practices. The film takes place at Cockatoo Docks and Engineering Company, a shipbuilding company that operated on Cockatoo Island, Sydney, between 1933 and 1992.

Produced by the Waterside Workers’ Federation of Australia Film Unit and presented by the Boilermakers’ Society of Australia and Protector Safety Products Pty. Ltd. Sydney, Australia.

Please note: As this is an archival work, the content does not reflect current practice or standards. Professional advice for up-to-date safety practices should be sought from the appropriate contemporary authority.

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Waterside Workers' Federation of Australia. Film Unit.


James Levy

Keith Gow

Norma Disher



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