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

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

(p.86) 5. The Streams Come Together in the Late 1920s and Early 1930s
Accident Prone
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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

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