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Basic Trope: A location is unsafe for its notional purpose, to the point where no sane regulatory body would ever let people work there.

  • Straight: Bob fights Charlie in a factory, where there are bottomless pits with no railings, catwalks that break when punched, and fire and steam belching everywhere.
  • Exaggerated: The scenery is actively malevolent towards the characters (see Malevolent Architecture).
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  • Downplayed: The factory met basic safety guidelines when it was built, but hasn't been maintained properly, so some of the safety measures break when actually used.
  • Justified:
    • The location was made for the express purpose of being a deathtrap.
    • Alternatively: The story takes place in a country with literally no OSHA.
    • The story takes place before OSHA, or any other relevant organizations, were founded.
    • The factory is run by a Corrupt Corporate Executive who bribed the safety inspectors so he wouldn't have to pay to install safety measures.
    • The factory is an illegal sweatshop/drug operation/something similar. It was constructed on the cheap and the owners both don't care about the workers' safety (there's always desperate people to hire, and what are they going to do- admit they were involved in illegal operations) and don't have to answer to OSHA anyways.
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    • The factory met safety standards when it was built, but they've since been tightened and the OSHA hasn't gotten around to a second inspection.
    • The factory is a linchpin of a local economy and there really isn't another way to reliably make a living around that area, and the owners know this and play fast and loose with health and safety because they know that no one wants to be the dick who calls the relevant regulatory authority and ruins it for everyone.
    • The factory is abandoned and falling apart, many of the original safety features rotted away or stripped out for reclamation or scrap years ago.
    • Bob or Charlie is deliberately making the factory more unsafe to hopefully catch their opponent in an environmental hazard.
    • The place is getting torn apart as collateral damage of the battle and this is going to bite somebody in the ass.
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  • Inverted: Things that are harmless come with overly elaborate safeguards, like a baby carriage with locks, or a three-inch drop with a five-foot railing and foam padding.
  • Subverted:
    • The factory turns out to actually be a movie set.
    • Alternatively, there are invisible forcefields protecting everyone.
  • Double Subverted:
    • The factory turns out to actually be a movie set, which is also horribly unsafe.
    • Alternatively, there are invisible forcefields protecting... the machinery, not the people.
  • Parodied: The building has a blueprint where all the deathtraps are clearly spelled out. ("The bottomless pit with no railings goes here.")
  • Zig Zagged: The safety conditions in the factory vary on a room-by-room basis, with some rooms meeting every guideline OSHA has ever published and others that would give a safety inspector massive heart failure.
  • Averted: There are proper safety features in place in all the environments the characters enter.
  • Enforced: The final fight scene in the big action movie almost has to occur in the Smoke and Fire Factory for audiences to accept it. It gives the villain more opportunities to use trickery and the hero more opportunities to turn the tables.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Why don't they ever put railings over these bottomless pits?"
    • The music is Chemical Worker's Song, Work 20 Hours, etc.
  • Invoked: Charlie deliberately rigs the location to be a deathtrap, or chooses a deathtrap for a location, in the hopes of luring Bob to fight him there.
  • Exploited: The place was built cheaply so the the boss could save money, not caring about their employees.
  • Defied: Charlie deliberately installs proper safety features in his Supervillain Lair, because he's not a Bad Boss and doesn't want his minions getting hurt.
  • Discussed: "The Alpha Factory was shut down because of all the accidents. Wouldn't it suck to have to fight Charlie there?"
  • Conversed: "Bob is trash. Most useless safety guy I've ever met. This place is like something you'd fight the bad guy in in a bad action movie and I keep telling him about stuff that needed to be fixed last year, but nothing gets done." "I understand you're new here and it may feel like Bob is useless, but trust me, he's just as sick of this as you are. We go through a new safety guy almost every year because the company doesn't value safety in any way, shape, or form and they quickly learn that the only way to do your job here as a safety guy is to abandon all ethics and turn a blind eye to everything because all they want you to do is make things look good for OSHA. I know for a fact that he's sending out resumes like a madman right now - frankly, I would judge him a lot more harshly if he wasn't trying to leave this place."
  • Deconstructed:
    • The location was condemned precisely because it was so unsafe and caused so many accidents. Warning signs are clearly posted to this effect, and the characters suffer severe injuries as a consequence of venturing inside.
    • The factory is so unsafe and dangerous that workers die or get injured every two seconds, wasting precious labor force. Coupled with public outrage, the factory becomes unprofitable and closes down.
  • Reconstructed:
    • A Big Bad looking for a bargain purchases the condemned property for a laughably low price and turns it into his headquarters...without making any improvements.
    • The work is set in a time before OSHA, and the factory was built by a Corrupt Corporate Executive who cared little for the safety of the workers.
  • Played For Laughs: The central premise of the film is the extravagant lengths management goes to in order to keep the factory from being condemned. The cover-ups and bribes end up becoming more expensive then the repairs themselves, but management doesn't notice or doesn't care.
  • Played For Drama: The factory's unsafe conditions have caused the deaths of Bob's father and brother, so he makes it his mission in life to make the owners pay...

Back to No OSHA Compliance, if you dare. Watch your step, and the railing's a little wobbly.
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