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December 10, 2009

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Miscellaneous- Introducing Homer – safety’s new poster boy

Homer Simpson — perhaps the most accident-prone safety inspector of all

time — is appearing on a range of new posters from RoSPA.

The six posters, which also feature Groundskeeper Willie, Apu, and other characters from The Simpsons TV programme, are designed to get people talking about some of the biggest causes of injury and ill health in the workplace, including slips, trips and falls, and bad posture.

Homer, who works as a safety inspector at a nuclear power plant, is joined by the rest of the Simpson family on a poster dedicated to ‘24/7 safety’ – the notion that preventing accidents is a family affair and does not just start at the factory gates.

Pictured asleep in a safety talk, tumbling down the stairs, hunched over his desk, and being burned in the eye by a flaming marshmallow (courtesy of son Bart), RoSPA hopes that Homer’s misfortunes will get others to think about how to avoid common workplace accidents.

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA chief executive, said: “Homer’s approach to safety reminds us all of something about ourselves – that cutting corners can affect other people’s lives as well as our own. Although Homer will never win a RoSPA Safety Award, he is there to get us talking about safety and, through his constant mishaps, offer some tongue-in-cheek insights. Any similarity with British workers (or indeed, British dads) is purely coincidental!”

Joel Cohen, writer and associate producer of the popular TV programme, said: “I am happy that ‘The Simpsons’ has found new value in such an important area as work safety. As a writer, it’s all about the paper cuts – but we all need to be safe.”

The posters can be bought at www.rospashop.com Alternatively, call 0121 248 2233 or e-mail [email protected]

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