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December 31, 1910

ACCIDENTS DUE TO SWIFTLY MOVING MACHINES, AND THEIR AUTOMATC RATIONAL PREVENTION: ESPECIALLY AS CONCERNS INDUSTRIAL CONDITIONS

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Medical Officer, Government Printing Office WASHINGTON, D. C.

JAMA. 1910;55(27):2296-2297. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330270018009

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Abstract

The conscientious physician always seeks the removal of the cause of any disease that may come under his treatment when that is possible, rather than the treatment of mere symptoms that tend to recur so long as the cause remains.

We may apply this sound principle with practical results to the prevention of accidents arising from swiftly moving or power-driven machines. If manufacturers or factory owners should have passed in their respective states, a provision or clause in any law as concerns liability between the employer and employee, the respective state insurance commissioners to pass on all details of bond application, based on the following, or a similar method:

The manufacturer, builder, or agent of the machine shall place an indemnity bond with an approved surety company, to the amount of, say, 5 or 10 per cent. of the total cost of the machine, which bond is to run during

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