011750 railroad workers scramble to complete a length of track. Between 1900 and 1979 the rate of work related deaths decreased 96 percent when compared to the gnp and adjusted for inflation according to stanley lebergott in the.
As towns and cities grew in 1900 so did the variety of jobs.
Construction worker 1900s. The importance of immigrant workers. Of course you can t talk about the history of construction in america without talking about its most important worker demographic. Improvements in workplace safety united states 1900 1999.
Construction was a means of survival for many immigrants from germany ireland asia and other countries around the world. 1900 s this clip is available for licensing without time cod. Worker safety has improved dramatically since the early 1900s in the u s.
Building skyscrapers is the nearest peace time equivalent of war. As america moved into the 1900s notable change began happening on the home construction and architectural scenes. In the early 1900s workers were much more likely to be killed on the job compared to today s workers.
Department of commerce bureau of the census historical statistics of the united states colonial times to 1970 washington 1975 series d 1029 and d 1031. Wages in 1902 1904 1907 1908 1909 and 1910 for bricklayers stone masons structural iron setters ornamental iron setters plasterers tile setters plumbers steam fitters gas fitters carpenters painters stonecutters electricians sheet metal workers marble setters and cement. An estimated 27 workers perished during the construction of the brooklyn bridge which was completed in 1883.
Building and construction wages by occupation 1902 1910. Those fields allow us to analyse constructed buildings and other structures built since prehistory the tools used and the different uses of building materials. A construction crew from 1900 would barely recognize one working on a home in 1999 as the 20th century saw huge changes in the styles of houses and construction methods and regulations.
Only teaching and clerical work were acceptable for women and they earned about half of what men made. Men still were major the breadwinners and worked as professionals public sector workers or as laborers. The economic boon and associated labor turnover during world war ii worsened work safety in nearly all areas of the economy but after 1945 accidents again declined as long term forces reasserted.
At the beginning of this century workers in the united states faced remarkably high health and safety risks on the job. The history of construction overlaps many other fields like structural engineering and relies on other branches of science like archaeology history and architecture to investigate how the builders lived and recorded their accomplishments. Wages of workers in 1900.
Achievements in public health 1900 1999.