Smash Bros. owes millions of dollars in OSHA violations | Unraveled


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. A game that takes heroic and villainous characters
and forces them to form fraternal bonds in the crucible of battle. Because for those who can superbly smash,
there is no better place to make a friend than on the battlefield. That’s the battlefield? Seriously? How did they get permits for that? That’s irresponsible. Hi, I’m Brian David Gilbert, safety fan
and bureaucratic wunderkind, please address me as such, and I’ve spent the last week
and a half poring over the regulations of the United States Department of Labor’s
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA. I’m here to hold Super Smash Bros. to account. Because when you take 70-plus beloved characters
and force them to fight for our entertainment, the least you can do is make sure the buildings
are up to code. So let’s go ahead and FIND EVERY OSHA VIOLATION
IN EVERY STAGE IN SUPER SMASH BROS ULTIMATE. First, let’s explain the process, we have
to start by choosing the correct regulations, and unfortunately, there isn’t a OSHA guide
to “bloodsport,” so we’re just gonna go with construction, form 1926. ‘Cause that’s close enough. The main thing to point out here is 1926.10
subsection A. I’ll read an excerpt for you so you can understand the basic concept of this video,
and also the hellscape I had to slog through the past week: “no contractor or subcontractor
contracting for any part of the contract work” — that’s a real line — “shall require
any laborer or mechanic employed in the performance of the contract to work in surroundings or
under working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous.” Basically, we’re here to build a safer experience
for these characters, because when you walk into an unknown space, I want the first question
on your mind to be: There are roughly 350 regulations in form
1926. How many pages is that? About 684. Don’t worry, this is… this is just a visual
aid. They’re all blank. I wouldn’t waste paper like that. *thinks of the times he’s wasted paper* Most
of these regulations are irrelevant, but I still had to read all 684 pages in order to
know which ones to cut. Which reminds me, this video idea came from
commenter nshady16, so if you have an Unraveled idea, why don’t you go ahead and leave me
a comment. And thanks, nshady16, for making me read 684
pages of OSHA regulations, you piece of garbage. So I cut out all of the regulations that were
just definitions, unrelated to stages, nonmandatory, redundant, or about personnel safety, because
again, we’re not talking about hard hats, we’re talking about the stages themselves. Unfortunately, this also meant I had to cut
out the entirety of subsection R. Steel Erection. So there goes like 80% of the jokes in this
video. Out of those 350 regulations, we’re left
with 46 that actually relate to Smash Bros. stages. And again, we’re just using the 103 stages
you get when you boot up Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Any any secret stages that pop up later, uh,
that’s probably just an underground fighting ring, which is a different form of illegality. I’m gonna explain all of these OSHA violations
as we go along. But I just want you to keep in mind that there
is a maximum penalty of $12,934 per OSHA violation. We’ll get into that later. Let’s get these OSHA violations on the board. BAM! That’s all the OSHA regulations we’ll be discussing
today. Let’s start with the codes that pretty much
every stage violates. General safety and health provisions. I threw these three here because they’re just
dangerous in general and they don’t have that many other specific violations. Safety training and education. Seems like most of these people don’t have
safety training. Especially in Moray Towers, where they literally
shoot guns at you as you fly into the stage. Recording and reporting of injuries. Wii Fit Studio is a gym, and so I would expect
it to have paperwork if one of the gym members gets injured. Unfortunately, all of the gym members get
injured. Means of egress. In most places, you have to have exit signs. And also, you have to have exits that don’t
involve plummeting to your death. Employee emergency action plans. It’s very important to have an emergency action
plan. Especially if that emergency action plan is
for if a mountaintop breaks off and slides into the ocean. Look at this polar bear! He has no fuckin’ clue what’s going on! Accident prevention, signs, and tags. Just put one wet floor sign anywhere, and
I’ll let it slide, okay? Duty to have fall protection. I mean uh… there’s no fall protection. How hard is it to put a harness on someone? General requirements for stairways and ladders. Anything above 19 inches of elevation needs
a staircase or a ladder. Not everyone can double jump. Sanitation. Most of sanitation deals with potable versus
non-potable water. But a lot of it also deals with toilets, and
I have yet to find a Smash Bros. stage that includes a restroom. And I need to know where Donkey Kong pees. So those ones pretty much everyone gets wrong. Which means that we’re at about 900 violations
already. Yikes! I feel a bit bad hitting all of these stages
so hard, so I’ll be a bit lenient for 1926.50. Medical services and first aid. You have to provide first aid if someone has
been hurt. And I’ll just let the max tomato fulfill that
requirement. 451 states that you can’t be using unstable
objects as scaff. I’m gonna call all of these scaff ’cause there’s
no OSHA guideline for levitating floors. Jumping on an awning causes it to break in
Onett. That’s totally irresponsible. 452 states that you need to have cross bracing. Kongo Falls has so many things that aren’t
cross braced. 453 is all about aerial lifts. You need to stand firmly on the ground while
it is moving. Stop jumping! Housekeeping. You gotta clean out the debris. I don’t care that you’ve got a big dog running
around behind you… put the… put the blocks away, that’s debris! Put your toys away, honey! Occupational noise exposure. I’m ignoring the fact that they’re fighting
on top of a jet and instead thinking about how loud those jets are. Pop some earplugs in! Gases, vapors, fumes, dusts, and mists. All of these stages have clouds that you can
stand on. Which means they’re incredibly dense. I don’t care what it’s made of, you shouldn’t
be breathing that in. Illumination. Those torches don’t do anything. I’m gonna trip and stub my toe. Ventilation. A lot of these stages need more airflow, better
ventilation, but in Pictochat 2, there is too much ventilation in the form of this man
who blows air. Who hired this man? I don’t want him on my job site. Hazardous waste operations and emergency response. In Flat Zone X, someone spills oil and then
just leaves it there. 1926.150, 151, 152, and 154 are all about
fire protection. Most of these regulations are pretty self
explanatory. You need to have a fire extinguisher. It needs to be readily available. You can’t have ignition hazards hanging around. You can’t store more than 25 gallons of a
flammable liquid in one place. By the way, I’m including magma as a flammable
liquid. I know they mean petroleum substances, but
I think that’s just a lack of imagination on OSHA’s part. But 154 is all about temporary heating devices
and how they shouldn’t be kept in enclosed spaces. Kind of like the charmander at the top of
Saffron City. The general requirements of electrical equipment. They should be kept free from hazards that
could cause death or harm to employees. The large airships flying around you in these
stages are not only electrical equipment, but they are designed to harm and kill you. Violation. Specific purpose equipment and installations. This is all about elevators and escalators. WarioWare Inc. is one big elevator. You don’t need me to tell you it’s broken. Helicopters. Is a Shy Guy a helicopter? I think so. You’re not supposed to be working underneath
hovering craft. Even if they’re bringing you fruit. Conveyors. That includes the stages that move back and
forth and also all of the scrolling stages, which are the fastest way to die in Super
Smash Bros. Tools and material shall be secured to prevent movement. Don’t move equipment unless it’s safe. They’re on a live racetrack. All of the things are moving. Marine operations and equipment. You have to have a lifering on a barge, and
you have to provide a walkway between wharfs and boats. Paper Mario dissolves into a boat, but that
doesn’t count as a walkway. And there is not a single lifering at the
Donkey Kong residence. I don’t care how good you are at surfing,
FUNKY KONG. Underground construction. If you’re working underground, you’re required
to have a five-person rescue team on call. And although Super Smash Bros. Ultimate does allow up to eight players. None of them will save you. Working on or near exposed energized parts. Does a pokemon count as an energized circuit? According to OSHA, yes. 1926.1052 is all about stairways. If you have a stairway that rises more than
40 inches, you need to have a handrail. I imagine that Mario is about 40 inches tall,
and this is at least four or five times his height. Violation. Violation. VIOLATION. VIOLATION! Confined spaces. These are places where you are building where
it’s hard to get in and out of. You need to specify the acceptable entry conditions. There are no acceptable entry conditions into
a space with a pit full of acid. Disposal of waste materials. If you are dropping waste materials more than
25 feet, you need to be putting it in a chute. Clock Tower: it is all debris that is falling
infinitely. And it SHOULD be in a chute. 850 is about preparing the demolition building. You’re supposed to remove any glass that could
break. And in Dracula’s Castle, Death flies through
the window and breaks the glass. I couldn’t give a shit about Death, you should’ve
removed that stained glass first. 853, you can’t have a aggregate of more than
25% of a floor destroyed, and in Find Mii, he destroys half of the stage. The manual removal of floors. You can destroy a lot of things in Shadow
Moses Island, but you shouldn’t be standing under them. Tower cranes. There is only one stage that violates this. It’s literally the only stage with a tower
crane, and ya FUCKED IT UP! Explosives should be stored in a magazine
when they’re not in use. And in Wrecking Crew, they’re just available
for you to punch until they explode. Firing the blast. You shouldn’t be in the proximity of the blast. Nor should you be in the barrel that is causing
the blast and shooting you off into space. 1926.53 and 54 are about different types of
radiation. Ionizing, which is nuclear, and non-ionizing,
which is like lasers. Final Destination is just flying around through
random parts of space. There is no protection. You should be less worried about getting punched
into oblivion and more worried about the cancers. In Gamer, your mom fires lasers at you when
she sees you gaming. I’m not here to discuss her qualifications,
but you are not allowed to fire those lasers at employees. JUST LET ME GAME, MOM! Ladders. Suzaku Castle? You thought you could get away with that shitty-ass
ladder? Those ladder rungs need to be uniform. They need to be evenly spaced. They need to not be broken. I know that ladder is there for aesthetic
purposes, but THAT IS A VIOLATION, SUZAKU CASTLE. YOU CANNOT HIDE YOUR LADDERS FROM ME. That leaves us with one stage. The one that has violated the most regulations. But I want to point out Boxing Ring. The only stage that is OSHA compliant. It’s almost as if it was built to allow people
to fight in it safely. Sakurai, I know you worked so hard on this
game, and I appreciate it so much, but you could have stopped at just one stage. You SHOULD have STOPPED at JUST ONE STAGE. Finally, weighing in at 23 OSHA violations,
it’s 75m. I’m not 100% sure if this had so many violations
just because it is a construction site, so it was easier for me to find all of the flaws
with it. Obviously, Brinstar is probably more dangerous,
but I don’t know how to categorize Mother Brain. The thing that pushed it over the edge was
material hoists, personnel hoists, and elevators. They need to be enclosed at all times. People can just jump on and off of these material
hoists over there. That’s so irresponsible. There’s fire. There are jacks that get thrown across the
stage. There is a large ape. Again, I could not categorize that, but I
know he shouldn’t of been there! 75m is the most OSHA violating stage in Smash Bros. And if you have to get rid of one of them,
that’s the one you should get rid of first, and then you should get rid of the rest of
them, too. Because, again, OSHA does not stop after one
stage. Let’s remember back to the beginning of this
video when I talked about violation penalties. I mentioned that every serious violation of
OSHA is $12,934 in fines. I forgot to mention that every repeated or
willful violation is $129,336 per violation. I am going to pretend that I found all of
these violations on the same day, and that they didn’t have a chance to fix them all,
so therefore they are not repeated. But that’s still 1,317 violations. Or $17,034,078 in fines. Which is why I am sending you this video,
Masahiro Sakurai. Surely you can’t afford 17 million dollars
in fines. I’m willing to let bygones be bygones. OSHA doesn’t need to hear about all of this
evidence I’ve compiled. All you must do is send me 50 US dollars. I’m in a real tough situation right now and
I just need to get through the month. Please. Also you could send me Kirby’s phone number. I know he is real. Where are you hiding him? And I have yet to see a Super Smash Bros.
stage that includes a toilet. And I need to see where Donkey Kong pees. *Pat & Brian laughing* And I need to know
where Donkey Kong Pees. Oh god I was so close! And I need to know where Donkey Kong peeHHSHSS. *through laughter* sorry this is… *breathe
in* AHHHH

100 Replies to “Smash Bros. owes millions of dollars in OSHA violations | Unraveled”

  1. Bless you for cutting immediately to the bloopers. I knew the teary eyes were part of the last joke but even so BDG has become a beloved figure to me and I wasn't prepared to end on that note

  2. You mean the continously falling down lighting system DIRECTLY ON THE RING isn't an OSHA violation?

  3. Are we just going to forget about how the entire ceiling caves in on Boxing ring if just one person stands on it??

  4. Hey…. This seems familiar…… Oh yeah! MatPat did this for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! COOOOOLLLL my favorite youtubers are covering similar topics!!!!!!

  5. As someone who went through the construction certification training course, I truly commend you brian. Tis a memory I'd rather forget. It was really fucking boring.

  6. Well, let's calculate repeated violations by days after the release of this game until the release of this video, which means 2 days and just going on that, we can say that totals $170,335,512 but to add to this, lets just say that each additional copy is a repeat violation (I'm going for this because each copy exists from one another, so I'm just gonna count these as separate instances). Let's calculate based on how many sales up until then, which, lets just act for the sake of argument that the sales trends were linear and the a consistent amount of sales would be had day to day, so we would divide the 3 million copies sold in the US by 11 days[1], and we get 272,727 copies sold per day, so lets multiply that by 2 days, which gives us 545,454 copies sold in the the time from the release of the game until the release of this video, in the US, because we want to count for strictly OSHA violations. With all of this in mind, that would mean multiplying the original 1,317 violations by 272,726 (-1 to count as a repeat outside of 1) for repeats, so that gives us 359,180,142 additional violations so times that by $129,336 and that gives us $46,454,922,800,000 and we multiply that by 2 to account for the amount day between the launch of the game and the video, which leaves us at $92,909,845,700,000 in violations in just two days, which is just that much more than the $90.2 trillion in all account accessible money in the world[2], and far more than the $87 million fine BP was given by OSHA in 2009 for occupational hazards[3].

    [1]https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/333375/Smash_Bros_Ultimate_worldwide_sales_topped_5M_in_first_week.php
    [2]https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/how-much-money-is-there-in-the-world.html
    [3]https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/national/10302009

  7. @Julianne Bartlett Animal Crossing but the safety of the houses they are built in one night not only that they cost millions in US dollars talk about that.

  8. For those wondering, if he counted each violation as a repeated violation, the total fine would be $170,335,512

  9. I'm not sure that the fighters count as employees. Also, I don't think OSHA is the ones who should be calling for this. Also, Also, there could totally be parts of the building that we can't see to the left and right, or in the back, which could make the stages fit some or all building and OSHA codes. For example, a medical building or first aid station.

  10. aw i was hoping this would be about the gaming industry's exploitation of programmers and designers, mentioning at least the dreaded Crunch
    but this is good too
    and honestly much more entertaining
    just not quite as…
    entergaging.

  11. Maybe do an episode about the physics of Minecraft? One cubic meter of log turns into four cubic meters of planks. From a full cubic meter of wooden planks, you get a single, tiny button.

    You can also do things like carry 36 full sized beds in your pocket. You can carry 2,304 cubic meters of cobblestone in your pocket. You can find full cubic meters of diamond ore and completely cover your body in diamond armor.

    You can place things midair and let them sit there, slowly accumulating more and more weight as you shove more things into chests and continue expanding.

    Yes I am aware that minecraft is a fairly stupid game made entirely out of blocks, but the physics are wack. Also have no clue how or why you would do this.

  12. If y'all love Brian's Unraveled videos, then you should check out his other videos where he sings his hit songs:

    -The Shingle Jingle
    -The soundtrack to Dance's Moving
    —Step Touch
    —High Knees
    —Crab
    —Wiggle Arms
    —Partner Dancing
    —Slow Worm
    —Freestyle
    And of course the song of the people: SATURDAY SHORTS

  13. You should unravel which nintendo character would make the best spouse to settle down with a steady job and start a family with.

  14. Shoutout to my dog, Bella, for wagging her tail like a maniac whenever the line, "I need to know where Donkey Kong pees," was played.

  15. I started playing Smash Ultimate with my brother and I refused to play in any other stage but the wrestling ring because “IT DOESNT VIOLATE ANY OSHA REGULATIONS ITS IMPORTANT” I’m so lucky he’s used to my bullshit at this point

  16. Boxing Ring has a toilet somewhere. Boxing Ring is in some random building on the west coast of the USA in Punch Out. it's made for slightly better than normal dudes like Great Tiger, Soda Popinski, and Mr. Sandman. also Mac fights there

  17. I'm writing down definitions of key terms for homework and, lo and behold, OSHA is one of the terms. Ofc I have to listen to this (and presumably all the other Unraveled eps if the yt algorithm allows) in the background while I do my homework lol

  18. Smash brothers isn't under OSHA because, as you've previously stated, Bowser is the US military. So we can safely assume that everyone in smash is either Bowser's Army, Contractors for Bowsers Army (CFBA), or enemy combatants. Armed Forces personnel aren't covered by OSHA, but this does open up a whole can of War Crime worms

  19. How about, to make your work slightly less pointless… make a few mini series.
    Do the OSHA regulations for multiple games. Do war crimes for different games, stuff like that. You get more good content out of the same long research phase.

  20. It's the Brian Butterfield music!
    How has he found the Brian Butterfield music?
    Do all Brians have the same music?

    https://youtu.be/1NjTWvl8x-U

  21. The real question, does OSHA even have jurisdiction over smash bros stages, are they located within US national boundaries?

  22. Found them on the same day? These stages have existed in 5/6 gamez (depending on if you count the 3ds as it's own game, personally I do) Sakurai had 6 games to fix these stages.

  23. The amount of violations of the Geneva Convention which Rainbow Six Siege characters violate, going over exactly how many each character violates

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