You can't shift the blame

Australia, 1980


This 1980 film focuses on safety practices for operating mobile cranes and warns against the main types of mishaps and accidents that can occur. The film dramatises the importance of maintenance; setting up on solid ground; load charts and labels; and the role of the ‘dogman’ who directs the operation of the crane from near the load. The voiceover’s tone is casual and familiar, with use of colloquial terms such as ‘galah’. The footage of worksites is introduced and interspersed with an interview with a department official, reflecting on the dangerous and fatal accidents that have occurred.

Produced by the Tasmanian Film Corporation for the Department of Labour and Industry.

The colour is faded throughout the film.

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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production company

Tasmanian Film Corporation

Tasmania Dept. of Labour and Industry


Barry Pierce


Jack Zalkalns



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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Cranes, derricks, etc.

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industrial safety

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Safety education, Industrial

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Tasmania - Social life and customs

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Cranes, derricks, etc.

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Accidents - Prevention

History → Tasmania - History

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Cranes, derricks, etc.

Places → Tasmania

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia






16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI Digital Access Copy - presentation

MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - overscan

MOV file ProRes4444; Digital Preservation Master - presentation

MPEG-4 Digital File; ACMI Digital Access Copy - overscan

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