MEMIC Safety Experts Podcast

How Workplace Safety Influenced Labor Day - Celebrating the American Worker with Randy Klatt

Episode #53 | Published August 30, 2021

Back in 1892, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making the first Monday in September of each year the Labor Day holiday.  Do you know the history and the struggle of the American worker that pre-dates this historic day?  On this podcast, Randy Klatt, Director or Region 2 Loss Control here at MEMIC helps me explore what it was like to be a worker in the late eighteen and early nineteen hundreds and workplace injuries, fatalities, child labor, and deplorable conditions were the catalysts for fair wages, the 8 hour workday, and workplace safety.

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Lewis Hine - Photographer

These Appalling Images Exposed Child Labor in America - HISTORY

The Photographs of Lewis Hine: The Industrial Revolution and Child Laborers [Photo Gallery] | EHS Today

Teaching With Documents: Photographs of Lewis Hine: Documentation of Child Labor | National Archives

Search Results: "Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940" - Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (Library of Congress) (

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Death Calendar in Industry for Allegheny County (1906)

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