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Description - Safety First by Mark Aldrich

In 1907 American coalmines killed 3242 men in occupational accidents. This work offers an account of why the American workplace was so dangerous, and why it is now much safer. The author describes the increasing dangers of industrial work in the late 19th-century America resulting from changes in technology and work practices under a legal system that minimized employers' responsibility for industrial accidents. He explores the developments that led to improved safety - including regulation, publicity for bad practices, and legislation that raised the cost of accidents by requiring employers to pay workmen's compensation. At the heart of these changes, Aldrich contends, is the emergence of a safety ideology that stressed both professional and management responsibility for work accidents - a stunning reversal of earlier attitudes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801854057
ISBN-10: 0801854059
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 178mm x 33mm)
Pages: 440
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 25-Feb-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mark Aldrich

Mark Aldrich is Marilyn Carlson Nelson Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Smith College. He is the coauthor of The Economics of Comparative Worth.

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