First Industrial Safety Rap Song Created and Gaining Traction

Employees mix industrial safety and rap music.
Employees mix industrial safety and rap music.

Friday Funny: First Industrial Safety Rap Song Created

First Industrial Safety Rap Song Created and Gaining Traction


(Left to Right) ITT Employees Bob Allen, Tim Ryan and Leo Bartoski wrote the lyrics to ‘Industrial Safety Rap’ to highlight the importance of workplace safety.

What do rap music and industrial safety have in common? Most of us would answer, not sure. To Bob Allen, Leo Bartoski and Tim Ryan of ITT Corporation in Morton Grove, Il, rap is a vehicle to promote their message of workplace safety. Allen is a production supervisor in the domestic pump factory and a member of the emergency response team. Ryan serves as the UAW Local 890 safety representative at the ITT Morton Grove facility in addition to his duties as warehouse attendant in the domestic pump warehouse.  Bartoski is also a UAW Local 890 member and an electro mechanical assembler in the domestic pump factory.


Bartoski thought that music might be a fun way to communicate a strong safety message. Ryan and Allen agreed and the three began to write the lyrics to the “Industrial Safety Rap.” They drew from their combined 60 years of industrial experience and wrote the lyrics in about one hour. The lyric in the rap about Captain Hook was included in honor of Ryan’s father-in-law, Julius “Hook” Gartner who worked as a crane operator (thus the nickname Hook) at the ITT facility for more than 45 years.

Bartoski knew that they did not have the skills to put the words to music so he asked his nephews, Greg and Tony Okal, to record the rap. Both Greg and Tony are business majors at Loyola University in Chicago and have been involved in acting and music for a number of years. Although the Okal brothers are not rap fans nor rap artists, they arranged and recorded the song in their basement studio. The result is the “Industrial Safety Rap” that so far has had more than 35,000 hits on its MySpace page and has received air time on several labor radio stations.  

You can hear “Industrial Safety Rap” at The lyrics follow:

Industrial Safety Rap Lyrics

Heres a little rap about our safety woes

Raising safety is for the pros

Remember health job and peace of mind

Are always most important always worth your time

So listen upyeahere we go 

Watch your back dont you abuse it 

With too much weight unnatural movements

Lightly easily and carefully

Or youre just asking for surgery

Yeaand thats not fun

Gotta be careful of what you cant see

Power, wires, electricity

Cause if its AC or battery

Just know the shockll skip your heart a beat

Youre like a Christmas tree

Safety shoes are always required

And if you dont wear them youll be retired

And if you dance well youll never lead

Cause you cant dance well without your feet

So why you gonna take the chance?

You wanna go to work in the Caribbean

Take the guards off while youre machining

Youll be the pirate you wanna be

Now youre captain hook of —

Hey look no hands

You gotta wear your safety glasses

You cant take your eyes for granted

Hurt those eyes and a you cant see

Forever blinded youre gonna be

Yea youll need a dog to lead

Dont drive too fast or youll never last 

Dont drive too slow or youll never go

When youre driving watch and see 

When youre gonna drive do it carefully

Oh check your speed


Its in your hands

Job safety

You gotta follow the plan

Its your safety

Its what you gotta demand 


Its in your hands

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  1. This is a perfect example of blaming the victim. OSHA and any self-respecting industrial hygienist places the primary responsibility for health and safety on the employer, not the employee.

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