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Safety poster Reverse down inclines

Date: 1961-1991
Dimensions:
Overall: 555 x 430 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Association of Employers of Waterside Labour
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00016576
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Description
    A stevedoring safety poster. The caption reads `Reverse Down Inclines/ With Extra Caution/ Never Turn Sideways!' The poster was used by the Association of Employers of Waterside Labour.
    SignificanceThe poster is significant in showing the work of stevedores and the technology and the safety hazards which it involved.
    HistoryThis poster is part of a larger campaign and shows the work of stevedores and the technology and the safety hazards which it involved. The posters used also show representations of waterside workers as rough or shabby or as human bodies made of mechanical levers. Most of the posters were produced by the Association of Employers of Waterside Labour. According to Andrew Synnott, who manages the Association's training section, the Association was formed in 1961 by stevedoring companies throughout Australia and at its peak had about 60 companies as members. Due to the consolidation of companies it now has only 15 members.
    The original objectives of the Association were to address safety issues within the stevedoring industry. They provided safety training in occupational health and safety, established safety committees in 15 ports and established centralised accident recording. The role has since been expanded to also include skills training. The Association was funded by employers but saw itself having an independent role, including monitoring safety performance.
    According to the Association, the stevedoring industry has a poor occupational health and safety record when compared to general industry. The record does, however, compare more favourably with those of other heavy industries.
    The concepts for the posters were developed by staff at the Association and the artwork and printing were produced by contractors. In the 1960s, every berth had a poster box and the posters were produced to a uniform size so they could be exhibited in those boxes.

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