From July 1906 through June 1907 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 526 workers died in “work accidents”; 195 of these were steelworkers.
That’s how bad things used to be in the United States before a century of labour reform.
Data from multiple sources show America’s worker fatality rate declining from 61 deaths per 100,000 workers in 1913 to 37 per 100,000 workers in 1933 to 4 per 100,000 workers in 1999.
We came across these figures in a CDC report while researching the most dangerous jobs in America today, which by contrast are extremely safe. There were only 4,693 fatal injuries in America in 2011 — less than nine times as many as there were in Allegheny County in that single year.
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