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I consider this label one of my strongest writing samples. It is easy to go on and on about a subject. It is extremely difficult to tell an important and complex story in just a few words.
Pictures help, along with simple drawings. The combination of a few well chosen words and pictures is a powerful communication tool.
What was wrong?
Some manufacturers commonly mark equipment using multiple energy sources with a text-only label that simply says,
"WARNING: This device contains multiple sources of power. Disconnect all sources of energy before servicing."I would see the very same label on machines big enough to crush a house and on drinking fountains. Either these behemoth machines were actually as safe as a water cooler, or these were the most dangerous drinking fountains known to man.
This commonly used label is a joke.
My label design describes each energy source, provides instruction on its disconnect or lockout procedure, and provides a photograph or illustration of the energy hazard.
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