Book ID: CBB386875990

A History of Occupational Health and Safety: From 1905 to the Present (2018)


Turk, Michelle Follette (Author)

University of Nevada Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 416
Language: English

The United States has a long and unfortunate history of exposing employees, the public, and the environment to dangerous work. But in April 2009, the spotlight was on Las Vegas when the Pulitzer committee awarded its public service prize to the Las Vegas Sun for its coverage of the high fatalities on Las Vegas Strip construction sites. The newspaper attributed failures in safety policy to the recent “exponential growth in the Las Vegas market.” In fact, since Las Vegas’ founding in 1905, rapid development has always strained occupational health and safety standards. A History of Occupational Health and Safety examines the work, hazards, and health and safety programs from the early building of the railroad through the construction of the Hoover Dam, chemical manufacturing during World War II, nuclear testing, and dense megaresort construction on the Las Vegas Strip. In doing so, this comprehensive chronicle reveals the long and unfortunate history of exposing workers, residents, tourists, and the environment to dangerous work—all while exposing the present and future to crises in the region. Complex interactions and beliefs among the actors involved are emphasized, as well as how the medical community interpreted and responded to the risks posed.  Few places in the United States contain this mixture of industrial and postindustrial sites, the Las Vegas area offers unique opportunities to evaluate American occupational health during the twentieth century, and reminds us all about the relevancy of protecting our workers.

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Review Mark Aldrich (2019) Review of "A History of Occupational Health and Safety: From 1905 to the Present". Journal of American History (pp. 775-775). unapi

Review Andrew T. Simpson (Summer 2019) Review of "A History of Occupational Health and Safety: From 1905 to the Present". Business History Review (pp. 423-425). unapi

Review Erik Loomis (July 2019) Review of "A History of Occupational Health and Safety: From 1905 to the Present". Environmental History (pp. 638-640). unapi

Review Gerald Markowitz (2019) Review of "A History of Occupational Health and Safety: From 1905 to the Present". Bulletin of the History of Medicine (pp. 132-134). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Aldrich, Mark
Hay, Amy M.
Higuchi, Toshihiro
Kirk, Andrew Glenn
Knowles, Scott Gabriel
Maines, Rachel P.
American Heritage of Invention and Technology
The Bridge: Journal of the National Academy of Engineering
Business and Economic History On-Line
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
Social Science History
Johns Hopkins University Press
University of Nevada Press
Cornell University Press
Louisiana State University Press
Princeton University Press
Stanford University Press
Nuclear testing
Safety regulations
Technology and society
Nuclear weapons; atomic weapons
Building construction
Hoover, Herbert
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
United States
Nevada (U.S.)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Colorado River (North America)
Great Britain
Soviet Union
Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; Partial Test Ban Treaty; Limited Test Ban Treaty (1963)
United States. Atomic Energy Commission
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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