Guy Dying: “Don’t Do This”

Outstretched arms and flailing legs characterize the poses of distress.

Falls

Square shoulders, tapered waist, flat buttocks (impact?), hands with pointy thumbs, shoes
Square shoulders, tapered waist, flat buttocks (impact?), hands with pointy thumbs, shoes
Scoop neckline, tapered torso, beltline, tapered thighs and calves, hands with thumbs, shoes with heels … Is that an oil slick or half a maraca?
Scoop neckline, tapered torso, beltline, tapered thighs and calves, hands with thumbs, shoes with heels … Is that an oil slick or half a maraca?
Hardhat, white frame indicating figure is inside the bucket
Hardhat, white frame indicating figure is inside the bucket
Long legs, crotch off-center (problem joining bent leg and straight leg to torso)
Long legs, crotch off-center (problem joining bent leg and straight leg to torso)
Embossing traps grime, highlighting the figure.
Embossing traps grime, highlighting the figure.
Walking pose upside-down. White line highlights point of contact. The big wave (shark fin-like) is shown at the moment before impact, upside-down figure at the moment after. Near Seattle.
Walking pose upside-down. White line highlights point of contact. The big wave (shark fin-like) is shown at the moment before impact, upside-down figure at the moment after. Near Seattle.
For comparison, the shark-fin wave strikes again. Guy has flat shoulders, a buttock, bent arm and leg on the uphill side.
For comparison, the shark-fin wave strikes again. Guy has flat shoulders, a buttock, bent arm and leg on the uphill side.

Collisions

Flying book and sheet of paper reinforce the impression of hasty departure. Outside a Seattle branch library.
Flying book and sheet of paper reinforce the impression of hasty departure. Outside a Seattle branch library.
Cartoon running, with arms stretched forward. The pilot’s face also rendered in cartoon style: smiling, looking upward rather than ahead. Mt. Hawley airfield, Peoria, IL.
Cartoon running, with arms stretched forward. The pilot’s face also rendered in cartoon style: smiling, looking upward rather than ahead. Mt. Hawley airfield, Peoria, IL.

Crushing

Head in profile has a bell-chime shape with a jutting nose, and slot-shaped eye. Bent posture but no starburst to emphasize impact.
Head in profile has a bell-chime shape with a jutting nose and slot eye. Straight arms, bent legs, and forward lean represent flight. White contour line separates head from gate; no starburst to emphasize impact.
White contour lines separate arm from head and gate parts from body. The gate parts are rectangles (nonrepresentational) with an arrow indicating direction of force.
White contour lines separate arm from head and gate parts from body. The gate parts are rectangles (nonrepresentational) with an arrow indicating direction of force.
Popsicle-stick arms and legs form an X. The gate has bars, but half of the figure should be “behind” the post. Tsk-tsk.
Popsicle-stick arms and legs form an X. The gate has bars, but half of the figure should be “behind” the post. Tsk-tsk.
Man about to be crushed by a giant flowerpot.
Man about to be crushed by a giant flowerpot.
Two images are used here to illustrate the hazard, one showing the machine from the side, the other showing Guy caught in the scissors (rotated 90 degrees).
Two images are used here to illustrate the hazard, one showing the machine from the side, the other showing Guy caught in the scissors (rotated 90 degrees).
While the seat is seen in profile, the figure hints at a three-quarter view with diagonal arms. Damage to the seat (rather than figure) shows severity of the danger.
While the seat is seen in profile, the figure hints at a three-quarter view with diagonal arms. Damage to the seat (rather than figure) shows severity of the danger.
The left and right limbs are asymmetrical, showing the figure in a three-quarter view.
The left and right limbs are asymmetrical, showing the figure in a three-quarter view.

Equipment Hazards

While the figure pose is dynamic (falling, flailing), gruesome injury is left to the imagination. The confinement of the chute and relentless turning of the chipper are depicted in static, simplified lines and shapes.
While the figure pose is dynamic (falling, flailing), gruesome injury is left to the imagination. The confinement of the chute and relentless turning of the chipper are depicted in static, simplified lines and shapes.
Unusual combination of rounded arms (popsicle-stick style) but pointed knees. The shoes have heels. Entrapment of the leg is indicated by white lines across the thigh (calf in foreground blocks our view of the chain). An arrowhead bordered in white points to trapped thigh.
Unusual combination of rounded arms (popsicle-stick style) but pointed knees. The shoes have heels. Entrapment of the leg is indicated by white lines across the thigh (calf in foreground blocks our view of the chain). An arrowhead bordered in white points to trapped thigh.
Unusual use of perspective as two “ground” lines (under wheel and under Guy) indicate the figure is standing “away” from the truck. The cautionary text reads: “Keep clear of area when raising or lowering ladder access system to prevent striking injury.”
Unusual use of perspective as two “ground” lines (under wheel and under Guy) indicate the figure is standing “away” from the truck.
A white vee in the torso shows impact from a break in a high-pressure hose connection. There is also a white vee under the head, formed by the raised arm.
A white vee in the torso shows impact from a break in a high-pressure hose connection. There is also a white vee under the head, formed by the raised arm.

Electrocution

Flat shoulders, thin legs, white zigzag inside torso.
Flat shoulders, thin legs, white zigzag inside torso.
Bent-backward pose of a realistic figure (detailed head, hands, shoes) and zigzag diagonal express strong warning.
Bent-backward pose of a realistic figure (detailed head, hands, shoes) and zigzag diagonal express strong warning.
White zigag in the torso, black zigzags tracing back through the truck, red zigzags from the wires. Starburst on the bucket. Detail on the truck includes outriggers and differential gearbox.
White zigag in the torso, black zigzags tracing back through the truck, red zigzags from the wires. Starburst on the bucket. Detail on the truck includes outriggers and differential gearbox.
Stiff figures have their legs together. Their arms are tangent, creating the effect of shoulder “caps.”
Stiff figures have their legs together. Their arms are tangent, creating the effect of shoulder “caps.”
Thrown-back pose amplifies the angry face inside a starburst of zigzags.
Thrown-back pose amplifies the angry face inside a starburst of zigzags.

Fire and Explosions

No neck-gap, hands like oven mitts.
No neck-gap, hands like oven mitts.
The “before” and “after” figures are separated by a fence (pole and ball). Alternating colors distinguish details: white mine and white explosion are separated by a red layer of covering soil, with Guy’s foot in red outline.
The “before” and “after” figures are separated by a fence (pole and ball). Alternating colors distinguish details: white mine and white explosion are separated by a red layer of covering soil, with Guy’s foot in red outline.

Miscellaneous

Scallop marks make it appear that the “school crossing” figures’ feet are lost in fog.
Scallop marks make it appear that the “school crossing” figures’ feet are lost in fog.

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