March 23, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(12):1033. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520380049005

In a recent number of a magazine1 devoted to sociological questions there is an interesting discussion on the subject of industrial accidents in the. United States, their increasing frequency, and the almost total lack of legislation for their prevention and for compensation of the victims. Nowhere is the contrast between this country and Europe more striking than in this matter of industrial accidents. While England, Germany, France and Holland have all lowered their death rate from this cause we have not even begun to count ours. We have no data which can be regarded as even approximately complete, for the majority of non-fatal accidents are never reported at all and the fatal ones are reported only in part. There are only ten states which attempt to secure statistics of industrial accidents, and their figures are of little value, for in one state only2 is the reporting of accidents compulsory.

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