“Work-Accidents and the Law” (1910)

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In the first decades of the 20th century, before the enactment of the Workers’ Compensation Act, the industrial scene in Pittsburgh was the focus of a legendary study of work conditions.  That effort was “The Pittsburgh Survey,” and one of its final components was a review of work accidents and how they were treated by the law.  This aspect of the survey, Work-Accidents and the Law (1910), was undertaken by the social reformer and law school graduate Crystal Eastman.

The note linked above summarizes that renowned study, which is said to have raised awareness in Pennsylvania of unsafe work conditions and the resulting epidemic of uncompensated work injuries and deaths.  Here also you will find a link where Work Accidents and the Law can be read for free on-line.

For yet another account, see http://explorepahistory.com/hmarker.php?markerId=1-A-3EF.

And here is a link to excerpts from the Pittsburgh Survey, and related photos: http://ehistory.osu.edu/osu/mmh/pittsburghsurvey/