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JAMA 100 Years Ago
February 4, 2009

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS

JAMA. 2009;301(5):554. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.1004

The casualties occurring chiefly among wage-earners engaged in industrial pursuits are becoming the subject of increasing interest and concern in this country. The accident rate of the United States, as we remarked a few weeks ago,1 is far above that of any other. It can hardly be a matter of indifference to a nation that the loss of life and the maiming of its industrial army is double or treble that of its primary economic rivals. “The ever-increasing legislation for the protection of life and health in industry and the demand for more stringent employers' liability legislation emphasize the need of a more careful consideration of the facts by selected industries than has thus far been possible.” With these words the eminent statistician, Frederick L. Hoffman, prefaces an important discussion of accident frequency in the United States in a recent government publication.2

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