Famous Movie Characters Who Owe Their Existence to Poor Health and Safety Procedures

Famous Movie Characters Who Owe Their Existence to Poor Health and Safety Procedures

27th October 2020

Not every movie character was born with the personality and powers that made them famous. In fact, some of the most memorable characters from films wouldn’t be the same if good health & safety procedures had been in place.

Daredevil Was Blinded Because of Spilled Radioactive Material

The 2003 movie of the same name featured Matt Damon as Matt Murdock, alias Daredevil. He was a child living in New York when he suffered a terrible accident that changed his life.

Murdock tried to help a man who was about to be hit by an out-of-control truck, but it ended tragically when a radioactive substance fell out of the truck and blinded our hero.

While this incident led to his superpowers, we have to ask how radioactive material can simply spill out of a truck. One of the key aspects in the transporting of this kind of toxic material is that it has to be safe in the case of an accident, which is why it is unusual for this type of crash in real life to end in tragedy.

The Hulk Exists Because of Poor Governance on Experiments

Robert Bruce Banner was working on a project that involved detonating an experimental type of gamma bomb, so you would assume that pretty stringent checks were in place to stop any problems occurring.

Yet, a youngster called Rick Jones managed to drive onto the field where the bomb was being tested. This incredible lapse in security forces Banner to rush out and save Jones, getting a massive dose of gamma radiation in the process.

The TV series had a different origin story for the Hulk but the lax approach to security was still evident. In this case, Banner was working on a secret medical treatment to help people increase their strength, but the lack of good governance led to him giving himself a huge dose of gamma rays.

Spider-Man and the Lack of Safety Barriers

Students all over the world make field visits to museums, factories and other places of interest, but the lack of health & safety precautions when Peter Parker’s class visited a laboratory led to one of our favourite superheroes being born.

The workers somehow let this young student come into contact with a radioactive spider. The creature bit him and this gave him the powers that we are so used to seeing. Some versions of the story have a villain manipulating the spider to attack Parker, while there is even a school colleague who eats the spider to try and get the same spidery powers.

A sturdy safety barrier or a secure container for the spider would have stopped all of this from happening. The use of safety equipment in a laboratory is as crucial as a step unit when working at heights or a helmet when welding, so the oversight was inexcusable.

The Mad Hatter Was Being Slowly Poisoned at Work

Interestingly, the name Mad Hatter was never used by Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland. Despite this, the reason that he became such an iconic character was due to the fact that hat production caused him to be slowly poisoned by the mercury used.

This was a problem in real life too, as the deadly effects of mercury caused huge mental health issues for many workers in this industry. Laws to protect hatters weren’t passed until the early 20th century, which was too late to help Alice’s deluded friend.