Handling potentially dangerous materials takes supervision, proper protective clothing and safety equipment to transport them safely on a construction site. No matter how trivial the task may seem, the possibility of serious injury is always present.
For a litigation involving a workplace injury we created a series of 8 storyboards for use at mediation. A worker was discarding old mirrors and construction waste at a building site and one of the mirrors he was removing, having a faint crack, virtually exploded in his hands as he attempted to put it into a dumpster. Loss of blood was considerable and a large shard of glass sliced into his bicep like a sword, so deeply it cut down to the bone, putting him out of work for months.
The expert's opinion was that, as dressed, he was not safely equipped to handle the materials and the supervisor should have supplied him with proper safeguards. He could have been wearing arm guards, longer thicker gloves, safety glasses and at very least taped the glass before moving it to the dumpster using dual cup suction lifters.
Using scene photos and the plaintiff's and witness's depositions, we created a set of contrasting still images. By contrasting views of the actual accident and preventive actions the supervisor could have taken, the attorneys were able to present the injuries at mediation in a dramatic presentation.