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Accident ProneA History of Technology, Psychology, and Misfits of the Machine Age$
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John C. Burnham

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226081175

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226081199.001.0001

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Preparing the Way: Transport Operators

Preparing the Way: Transport Operators

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(p.67) 4. Preparing the Way: Transport Operators
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Accident Prone
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226081199.003.0005

This chapter discusses safety in transportation streams. Managers of transportation systems did notice that some employees were superior to others. Hugo Münsterberg had been approached by a shipping line for help in selecting suitable ship captains who would not cause accidents or damage. Münsterberg did not do much further work on the problem of determining safe transit operators, but it was taken up by others in the United States and Europe. Two of the investigators, W. V. Bingham and C. S. Slocombe, continued to write and speak about accident proneness for years afterward. Donald Laird showed the way in which transportation employee selection facilitated the spread of the idea of accident proneness in traffic. Tests for drivers appeared in both Europe and the United States with remarkable rapidity during the 1920s.

Keywords:   transportation systems, Hugo Münsterberg, safe transit operators, United States, Europe, W. V. Bingham, C. S. Slocombe, Donald Laird

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