Development of the Safety Movement
by Sidney J. Williams — 1926
The development of industry in the past few decades brought a large increase in the amount, power, and complexity of machinery and other manufacturing equipment, in the complexity of industrial processes, in the use of poisonous and other dangerous materials, and in the concentration of workmen. This caused a large increase in the number of fatal and other industrial accidents. Industry was developed from the standpoint of production, with little attention to the welfare of the human equipment. Industrial accidents were looked upon as a by-product, a price which had to be paid for industrial progress.
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