Report Volume 1, PT. 2

Report Volume 1, PT. 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...industrial revolution when hand work in small shops prevailed, with the few dangers inherent in the work plainly obvious and practically in the hands of the workman as to control and under an industrial organization in which the artisan was nearly as independent economically as the master. Since those days the revolution wrought by steam and machinery has transformed the workshop into the factory where high power, swift machines largely beyond his control surround the workman on every hand and under an industrial organization in which the ability of workmen freely to choise or reject occupations with a view to escape their risks, or to secure higher wages as compensation therefor, are myths. Mechanical occupations have become so generally hazardous that for a great mass of workers it is these or none, while that they are compensated for the hazard by a higher wage is wholly disproven by almost any wage statistics. In a word, while the workman's legal rights in the matter have remained stationary, the necessary environment of his work has constantly grown more dangerous. The law inherited from hand tool days is simply an absurdity in 1907, when in the factories of New York state for every accident caused by hand tools there were thirteen caused by mechanical power. What now shall be the remedy? For it is hard to believe that public sentiment, once aware of the true state of the case as outlined above, will tolerate any other question. The answer is, simply fit the law to the fundamental fact of the case that the bulk of industrial accidents is due to the worker's environment and not to his fault in the sense that he is more careless than those in other walks of life. This means treating the injured workman as the victim, not the cause, of the...
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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 367g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236599187
  • 9781236599186