"Safety first" has become such a well known phrase that familiarity with it has tended to lessen the public sense of the significance of the campaign for accident prevention. One need only peruse the figures setting forth the heavy toll of life and limb that was exacted by many industries twenty-five years ago and compare them with those of the same industries today to be impressed by the remarkable progress that has been made.
The Monthly Labor Review, organ of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor, published in its September issue an article on the accident experience in the iron and steel industry to the end of 1932.1 Taking the industry as a whole, there has been a decline from 82.06 accidents resulting in death or disability per million man-hours worked in 1907 to 18.06 in 1932. In 1907, 6.9 hours of working
SOME FIGURES ON INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS. JAMA. 1933;101(24):1883. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740490043015