Shake Hands With Danger (1980) – Construction Safety

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SPONSOR: Caterpillar Tractor Co. PRODUCTION CO.: Centron Productions. DIRECTOR: Harold “Herk” Harvey. MUSIC: Jim Stringer, John Clifford, Charles Oldfather Jr. RESOURCES: Copyright not registered. HOLDINGS: AAFF, AV Geeks, LC/Prelinger.

Safety film for heavy equipment operators that was commissioned by the construction equipment manufacturer. Reminding workers to follow procedures and stay alert, Shake Hands with Danger features simulated accidents and a memorable title song.

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MS EA Male in blue hardhat enter screen L, leans arm on cab of earth mover, EA Male in cab makes hands clear gesture, 1st exits screen R
MS EA Male in blue hardhat walking away from camera, removes tool from back pocket, goes into grader machinery camera pans up as he climbs onto earth mover
CU EA Male in cab scratching chin
MS up angle of Male in blue hardhat on machine, making adjustment looks up
LS down angle of EA Male in yellow hard hat gesturing angrily Male in blue hardhat begins to climb down outside of machinery
MS EA Male in yellow hard hat yelling at EA Male in cab, gestures with right arm in circular motion, gears begin to move camera moves into
CU EA Male in blue hardhat looking at gears move
CU EA Male in yellow hard hat turns away from camera, turns back yelling. EA Male in blue hardhat visible in profile at screen R
CU EA Male in blue hardhat over EA Male in yellow hard hat’s R shoulder
CU EA Male in yellow hard hat yelling
MS EA Male in yellow hard, EA Male in blue hardhat. Yellow hard hat grabs tool form Blue hard hat’s hand
CU tool slapping into hand
Shake Hands with Danger title appears Lower R of screen fade to
MS front  of grader EA male in white hard hat crosses in front of machine climbs into cab  camera moves up and in as machine starts and moves forward, exits screen to the L of camera EA Male seated on work arm of machine comes into view
MS of EA male leaping off of machine, drops tool box camera follows as he falls to ground begins to sit up camera moves up left to
MS of EA male in hardhat moving from screen L to center, Helps EA male up off ground
CU EA male in black hard hat looks back, gestures. angry
CU tag on ground, EA male hand picks it up
CU EA male in white hard hat, looking down
CU EA male in Black hard hat, hand of other EA male in lower left of screen holding DO Not Operate  tag. Looks down and to screen R. Fades to
MS EA male in white hard hat, head out of window of pick up, backing up, to screen R camera pulls back to
LS of pick up backing up bucket of bulldozer
MS 2 EA Males in white hard hats on flatbed of pickup, maneuvering 50 gal drum into bulldozer bucket
MS 1 EA male in tan shirt jumps from flatbed to ground, looks over L shoulder, turns to camera. Other EA male ( dark shirt) now visible screen R.
CU EA male in dark shirt, nodding, over R shoulder of EA male in tan shirt
CU EA male in tan shirt,
CU EA male in dark shirt turns exits frame screen R, EA male in tan shirt, turns ,exits frame screen L
MS down angle (from cab of bulldozer) of 2 EA Males in white hard hats, tan shirt walking to pickup truck cab, dark shirt walking towards cab of bulldozer
MS EA male in dark shirt, hard hat, climbing into cab of bulldozer hesitated, grabs controls
CU EA male in dark shirt, hard hat, giving “okay” sign
ECU EA male hand on controls of bulldozer
LS Bulldozer bucket rising, clips bumper of pickup, lifts pickup ~ 6-8“/2 meters in air, truck drops and bounces. Load on pickup flat bed bounces, bulldozer backs up 15”/3-4 meters
MS bulldozer w/bucket in up position EA male in dark shirt, hard hat, leaping from cab runs alongside bulldozer. other figure on background runs on opposite side of bulldozer
MS cab of pickup EA male in dark shirt, hard hat, runs into frame from screen R, opens door, leans into cab EA male in tan shirt, sits up from lying on seat. picks up hard hat from seat, replaces it while exiting cab fade to
MS EA male in jeans, white hard hat, walking on treads of excavator
CU on center of dials of excavator, camera pans L, pans  far R
MS EA male in jeans, white hard hat, climbing down from excavator
MS MS EA male in jeans, white hard hat, walking R to L  in front of excavator, looking up. turns, climbs up opposite side
MS  EA male in jeans, white hard hat, climbing on top of cab of excavator. Opens box, removes tool,  puts it in belt. Approaches and climbs  “bucket arm” of machine
ECU EA male hand grasping pipe, camera pulls back to EA male in jeans, white hard hat, climbing  peak of bucket arm
MS EA male in jeans, white hard hat, climbing on hydraulic of bucket arm. Stops, stand removes tools form belt, bends to place tool on fitting. Camera moves in to
CU EA hands using tool, boot
CU EA male in jeans, white hard hat,
LS EA male in jeans, white hard hat, perched on bucket arm, working on machine
CU EA hands using tool, boot tool falls out of hand, out of frame camera pans up to EA male in jeans, white hard hat,leaning forward
LS EA male in jeans, white hard hat, falling off of excavator arm
MS EA male in jeans, lying prone, sprawled on ground, next to tool, white hard hat camera moves in to
ECU EA male, “blood” at corner of mouth fade to
Wide MS of excavator arm, truck parked underneath, EA male in grey shirt, hard hat climbing step ladder leaning against truck back gate. EA male in gray shirt, hard hat reaches top , walks along top of truck tool boxes to ward excavator arm camera moves in to
MS EA male in grey shirt, hard hat working on excavator arm
MS railings. EA male  in yellow hard hat enter from screen R, bends down  put tools on platform camera moves back, tracks L as EA male begins to back down ladder. Stops, grabs tools off platform camera backs up to show side of machine, massive tires
CU  down angle EA male in yellow hard hat gathering tools off platform
MS down angle, EA male  in yellow hard hat  tools under R arm and in L hand, descending ladder, losing grip, falling to rocky ground. Rolls, hard hat bounces away fade to
MS EA male in gray coveralls, yellow hard hat beside large ( 2m/6 “) tire ( ID’d as of a scraper) . Bends to ground, stands, begins to loosen lugs on wheel hub
CU EA male in gray coveralls, yellow hard hat, safety glasses
MS R profile EA male in gray coveralls, yellow hard hat, working on wheel hub, pulls out  axle, places on ground camera pulls back, EA male in grey coveralls, yellow hard hat walks toward camera, wiping hands on rag. exits frame screen R
MS EA male in gray coveralls, yellow hard hat climbing into scraper cab, sitting at wheel, cranks engine
CU through wind shield EA male in gray coveralls, yellow hard hat resting forearms on steering wheel
CU Boot on accelerator pedal, pushing up and down. L boot enters frame, pushes service brake
MS EA male in gray coveralls, yellow hard hat in cab looking down
MS CU through wind shield EA male in gray coveralls, yellow hard hat resting forearms on steering wheel, sits up, moves steering wheel to the R
CU boot stepping onto pedal ( VO ID’s as differential lock)
CU wheel moving to screen L
MS scraper rolling away from camera, between tree and 2 story house, pulls down porch of house
MS scraper crashing through back corner of house
MS from interior of house, scraper crashing through exterior walls
LS scraper behind house, coming to a stop.
MS through wind shield EA male in gray coveralls, yellow hard hat slumped over steering wheel camera pans R, moves in
CU through wind shield EA male in gray coveralls, yellow hard hat lifting head off of steering wheel, removes glasses, looks around. exits cab, screen R
MS  EA male in gray coveralls, yellow hard hat exiting cab rapidly, jumps down camera follows then pans up , to the R with motion of EA male in grey coveralls, yellow hard hat
MS EA male in gray coveralls, yellow hard hat looking behind tire, walking towards camera, camera moves in to
CU EA male in gray coveralls,  removing yellow hard hat , covering eyes with hand, sitting down into dirt fade to
MS AA male with kerchief around neck in yellow hard hat arms akimbo, looking at hydraulic hinge? scratches chin. EA male in red hard hat enter screen R fills frame
MS EA male in Red hard hat, holding up tool. AA male in yellow hard hat at screen L. EA male puts arm over hinge, holds tool up to machine
ECU head of chisel, badly splayed
CU AA male with kerchief around neck in yellow hard hat, over R shoulder of EA male in Red hard hat,
ECU EA male in Red hard hat, wearing safety glasses
CU boots, AA male hands pick up sledge hammer
MS AA male AA male  with kerchief around neck in yellow hard hat holding up sledge hammer, aiming at chisel in hand of EA male in red hard hat, swings
ECU chisel against machine, sledge hammer strike moves chisel out of frame
MS rear view of AA male with kerchief,  EA male in red hard hat screen L, leaning over machine. AA male turns, slumps, hand to chest, red stain on shirt.  camera follows down as EA male leans forward takes off AA males hard hat,  fade to
MS AA male turns, slumped against machine, hand to chest, red stain on shirt as EA male, in baseball cap has hands on chest camera moves in, pans up to
CU EA male hand holding chisel, lifts.  EA male in safety glasses inspects closely, shake head, looks down fade to
CU of arc welding
MS Arc welding, operator in full shield welding helmet , coveralls, stops raises shield, EA male
ECU vise
MS EA male in welding shield, EA male in shirtsleeves
CU EA male in welding shield
MS EA male in shirtsleeves
CU EA male in shirtsleeves leans of vise, arm is burnt
MS EA male in welding shield, EA male in shirtsleeves, holding R arm
ECU burnt arm camera pulls back, EA male in shirtsleeves with arm on knee, nurse administers first aid
MS EA male in uniform shirt, with full face safety shield, working over grinding wheel
CU grinding wheel in motion
ECU  EA male with full face safety shield
CU grinding wheel in motion
MS EA male in uniform shirt, with full face safety shield up, leaning over next to grinding wheel. Stands, using measuring tape, steps back to wheel, drops safety shield
ECU bare hand of EA Male being dragged into grinding wheel
MS in profile of EA male in uniform shirt, with full face safety shield standing turning, holds up bloody R hand. EA male enters from screen L, grasps hand, camera follows as both sink to floor
CU ratchet working. EA male hand enters screen R, picks up bolt
MS EA male leaning over working on track of large machine. Camera pulls back, moves L to show Male standing in front of machine
MS front of machine, 2  EA men, 1 in suit and hard hat, 1 in work clothes and hard hat in conversation, EA male in hard hat working on track of machine to R of frame. Track rolls off ? hubs? first 2 men leap away. 1 in work clothes and hard hat falls to ground. Camera pans R , EA in suit and hard hat, EA male in hard hat working on track and EA male in baseball cap  surround to help EA male ton ground fade to
LS bucket of large machine  EA male in hard hat stand next to blade
MS EA male in hard hat gesturing to operator of bulldozer at screen R, moving towards large machine at screen L camera follows as smaller machine pushes large down a slope, EA male moving alongside
MS  EA male running alongside larger machine
MS EA male jumps back from tracks as larger machine rolls free Both EA males run along and in front of free rolling machine
LS of free rolling machine, moving screen R to L camera pans L to group of 3 males in hard hats, 2 more enter frame, all scurrying. parked truck comes into frame at L
MS camera (from the free rolling machine) Parked truck at screen R, Male  scrambling to get into cab. As machine approaches, he abandons effort, runs off screen R
MS opposite side of machine, 2 EA males running alongside machine crashes into truck
ECU from on large machine. Impact with truck
MS large machine coming to rest against crushed truck. camera pans L, pulls back 4 EA male standing making 5th Male enters from behind truck cab. Large machine rocks back form truck. camera moves in MS of EA men, fade to
MS EA male in hard hat, safety glasses and coveralls, supine, working on machine  reaches up with socket, then rag
CU EA male in hard hat, safety glasses and coveralls, down angle, reaching overhead with rag on hand loosening oil case drain cap. Oil gushes out, EA male darts away screen R
MS EA male  supine under machine right hand covered in oil. Grabs hand, writhes on floor. Writhes out from under machine, sits up
ECU rag wiping at gauges
ECU array of dials
CU gloved hands opening fitted cap ( oil?) fade to
MS EA male in t-shirt  and hard hat, crouched reaching under machine behind tire, pulls out part. Stands up, mostly out of frame, picks up part, exit to screen L
MS EA male in t-shirt and  hard hat, walking alongside bulldozer,  toward camera holding part EA male in dark shirt with hard hat enters from L. EA male in t-shirt and  hard hat hands over part, exits, screen R
CU EA male in dark shirt working on part
ECU of part- coil spring inside visible
CU EA male in dark shirt working on part
ECU of  socket on machine part- EA male hands
CU  up angle of socket on machine part- EA male hands. spring explodes out of part
MS into bed of truck towards cab. Spring shoots through back windshield, shatters front windshield. EA male at screen R. MAY be slow motion
MS through shatter back window of cab of truck, EA male looks stunned Pan L, he steps toward cab, picks up spring
ECU hands w/ brush, part. Camera pulls back to MS EA male in yellow hard hat, dark t-shirt, kneeling on ground. Cleaning parts? puts part down on the ground (!?) shakes hands, stands.
Wide MS EA male in yellow hard hat, dark t-shirt standing up in midst of several pieces of equipment in  semi circle on site. Moves to screen R Machine with load (wood? ) on the front moves from L to  center screen
CU EA male in cab  of machine with load lighting cigarette, tosses something toward camera
CU pan and containers on ground, flames erupt
CU  fire and smoke
MS Male exiting cab on fire, Climbs down machine, camera follows, turns in circle, waving arms
MS large fire, male on fire on background
MS fire and smoke, corner of front loader visible in background
MS mostly smoke, some flames camera pulls back to show empty cab fade to
MS machine inside garage? warehouse?, 2 figures at screen L, between bucket and machine
CU EA male in gray hard hat, bent over tugging at connection to bucket. Stands up, Male in white hard hat visible in background, gesturing
CU EA male in yellow hard hat in cab, nodding
MS EA male in gray hard hat, EA Male in white hard hat between bucket and machine
MS EA Male in white hard hat reaches onto bucket, grabs item, kneels down tries to fit item into connection
MS EA male in gray hard hat  leaning in machine, looking down. EA Male in white hard hat visible at bottom of screen, then stands, places metal tube on bucket,steps back  looks around.
CU EA male hand next to square container of grease. pauses then grabs handful of grease
MS EA male in yellow hard hat in cab
CU hornet
MS EA Male in white hard hat kneeling hand in the bucket connector assembly
CU hornet
CU EA male in cab, flailing about trying to swat hornet with bare hand
ECU thigh in cab, hand enters frame, lag and hands hit floor controls
ECU greased hand in attachment assembly
CU EA male in cab, looking down with mouth open, up angle
CU  still image of machinery
MS EA male in white t shirt and white hard hat, walk R to L, along bull dozer. exterior. holding engine belt? walks up to male in gray coveralls yellow hard hat, hands over small part, exits to screen R
MS EA male in gray coveralls yellow hard hat kneels in front of blade of bulldozer, camera follow down, Male picks up hammer form ground and begin banging on lower edge of blade
ECU edge of bulldozer blade resting on shaky cinder block
CU edge of boots under edge of bull dozer blade
MS  R profile EA male in gray coveralls yellow hard hat seriously whomping on blade of bulldozer
CU cinder block shattering, blade falling
LS Dump truck with bed at full extension 2 figures visible beyond truck. Male figure walk around truck, visible at screen R.
MS EA male in gray hard hat, working under lifted dump truck. looks to screen R
MS Dump truck with bed at full extension, EA male on ground calling down EA male in grey hard hat. EA male in grey hard hat climbs down, both walk to rear of truck, screen R
MS down angle, EA male in gray hard hat, EA male in yellow hard hat enter from screen R. Bottom of truck bed at top of screen. EA male in yellow hard hat gestures, then moves locking pin into place in hydraulic lifter. camera pans R, both reach for pin on other side
CU EA hands removing locking pin from holder  and putting in place
CU Warning sign
CU Warning sign
CU Safety sign
CU Warning sign
CU safety materials [ per VO “Lubrication and maintenance guides”] camera pans down, pulls back
CU lights on machine
CU machine arm with warning sign Camera zooms in on warning sign fades to
MS of EA male in classroom,  holding silver hardhat. Table holding other safety apparel to screen R. Chalkboard in background has lists of same. Hands hard hat to seated EA male at lower L, crosses to R, hands yellow hard hat to  seated EA female (!!)  fade to
MS AA Male in red hard hat arms inside door on side of machine. EA male in tan shirt, white hard hat approaches from background camera pans L
MS on EA male in tan shirt, white hard hat, AA Male in red hard hat jumps down. EA male in tan shirt walks away, down slope to construction pit , AA male in red hard hat looks screen R
MS AA male in red hard hat moves cab doors, camera follows as he crouches at treads
MS  rear view AA male in red hard hat crouched, hands inside front tread curve,  camera follows as he stands, turns to screen L camera pans L, moves in for
CU of interior of  open cab door moves in for
ECU of warning sign
LS down slope of EA male in tan shirt, white hard hat, looking up slope gestures
MS down angle from cab of AA male in red hard hat, pick up truck and smaller bulldozer
in background. AA male in red hard hat attaches line to smaller bulldozer, crosses screen R
CU AA male in red hard hat crouching attaching line ( to disabled machine) pulls line, exits frame screen R
LS AA male in red hard hat walking towards camera, climbs into drivers seat of smaller bulldozer
LS down angle earthmover and dump truck in construction pit. EA male in tan shirt walk in from screen L camera moves in, EA male in tan shirt makes large gestures
MS down angle from cab of rear of smaller bull dozer, which pulls away slowly. line tightens
CU tensing line attached to smaller bull dozer
CU rear of disabled machine, pulling away slowly
MS of smaller bulldozer towing disabled machine
CU of excavator bucket moves slowly to screen R
CU empty cab disabled machine, moves slowly towards camera
CU tense line attached to disabled machine,  camera moves with motion
LS  up slope smaller bulldozer moves R to L, excavator bucker overtakes open cab, bumps into awning
MS, rear view of  AA male in red hard hat driving smaller bulldozer, Excavator bucket at top of screen
CU AA male in red hard hat driving smaller bulldozer, turns in seat, looks at Excavator bucket, looks down
CU side view AA male in red hard hat driving smaller bulldozer, turns in seat, looks at Excavator bucket, excavator bucker  bumps into awning. camera moves from side to back of open cab
MS of smaller bulldozer, excavator bucker over open cab, both moving screen R to L in direction of camera
CU  up angle AA male in red hard hat driving smaller bulldozer, turns in seat, looks at Excavator bucket,
MS smaller bulldozer, rear view makes tight R turn, Excavator bucket at top of screen bucket taps awning, smaller bulldozer tips over
MS AA male in red hard hat in driver seat of tipped over smaller bulldozer, releases seat belt, stands and look screen L
MS smaller bulldozer on side, larger machine up against treads AA male in red hard hat steps out from behind awning, looks up, walks toward camera, pulling off gloves

VS/MTG ( repeated scenes, some from different angles)
MS EA arm falling from bucket arm
LS of free rolling machine, moving screen R to L camera pans L to group of 3 males in hard hats, 2 more enter frame, all scurrying. parked truck comes into frame at L. Impact with truck
MS MALe ducking under armature, moves away form camera
MS AA male AA male  with kerchief around neck in yellow hard hat swinging sledge hammer, aiming at chisel in hand of EA male in Red hard hat. AA male drops sledge hammer, grabs chest
CU EA male in dark shirt with hard hat using socket on part
MS EA Male in white hard hat kneeling hand in the bucket connector assembly
MS EA male in jeans, lying prone, sprawled on ground, next to tool, white hard hat camera moves in to CU

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