Improvements in workplace safety--United States, 1900-1999

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1999 Jun 11;48(22):461-9.


At the beginning of this century, workers in the United States faced remarkably high health and safety risks on the job. Through efforts by individual workers, unions, employers, government agencies, scientists such as Dr. Alice Hamilton, and others, considerable progress has been made in improving these conditions. Despite these successes, much work remains, with the goal for all workers being a productive and safe working life and a retirement free from long-term consequences of occupational disease and injury. Using the limited data available, this report documents large declines in fatal occupational injuries during the 1900s, highlights the mining industry as an example of improvements in worker safety, and discusses new challenges in occupational safety and health.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational* / mortality
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Mining* / history
  • Mining* / statistics & numerical data
  • Occupational Health* / history
  • Safety*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Workplace* / history