Early Railway Health & Safety

Although there’s often a theme in the media about “health & safety gone mad” the concern for people’s welfare, especially in the workplace, is not a recent thing – although, without a doubt, conditions are far safer now than for previous generations. This recently acquired LMS accident prevention booklet from 1924 shows rail workers how to prevent accidents with good practice working, and gives us the shocking statistics of the day – 200 railway workers killed and almost 3000 injured in 1922. That’s 4 deaths & 57 injuries a week! Just on the railways!

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One thought on “Early Railway Health & Safety

  1. Nice Post, always good to see staff safety issues highlighted – v much at the heart of the Railway Work, Life & Death project. Sadly those stats are the tip of the iceberg… If minor injuries were also included you’d be looking at a lot more (haven’t got stats to hand today but memory suggests the true total was a lot higher). The railways really were a dangerous place!


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