The Streams Come Together in the Late 1920s and Early 1930s

in Accident Prone

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226081175
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226081199 | DOI:
The Streams Come Together in the Late 1920s and Early 1930s

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This chapter evaluates mass transit in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The idea of accident proneness shifted many safety experts' attention to specific individuals rather than abstract factors such as carelessness in the workforce that they were already identifying and addressing through education and discipline. By the early 1930s, personal accident proneness was an idea that could be easily assimilated into the thinking of Europeanized people. Those concerned with industrial safety and efficiency, those concerned with transportation accidents, and those in the safety movement had to some extent been exposed to the idea of accident proneness. Advocates of the idea that there are accident prone people could claim that education aimed at a critically hazardous group of people was particularly effective.

Keywords: education; discipline; industrial safety; transportation accidents; carelessness; safety movement

Chapter.  4559 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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