Pioneers in Workplace Safety

Did you know that Benjamin Franklin formed one of the first fire departments dedicated to preventative fire safety? Learn about other pioneers in workplace safety.

Notable Quotes

Bernardino Ramazzini, 1713

“When a doctor visits a working-class home, he should be content to sit on a three-legged stool if there isn’t a gilded chair, and he should take time for his examination; and to the questions recommended by Hippocrates, he should add one more—‘What is your occupation?"

Benjamin Franklin, 1746

"In the first Place, as an Ounce of Prevention is worth a Pound of Cure, I would advise 'em to take care how they suffer living Coals in a full Shovel, to be carried out of one Room into another, or up or down Stairs, unless in a Warmingpan shut; for Scraps of Fire may fall into Chinks and make no Appearance until Midnight; when your Stairs being in Flames, you may be forced, (as I once was) to leap out of your Windows, and hazard your Necks to avoid being oven-roasted.”

Alice Hamilton, 1943

“Living in a working-class quarter, coming in contact with laborers and their wives, I could not fail to hear tales of dangers that workingmen faced, of cases of carbon-monoxide gassing in the great steel mills, of painters disabled by palsy, of pneumonia and rheumatism among the men in the stockyards.”