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.
“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?"
"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.”
“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.”