Category: Safety

A Look Back During The Early Era Of Skyscraper Construction 

During the early era of skyscraper construction, it was said that one worker died for every $1million spent on the building

  • 5 men died during the 1929 to 1931 construction of the Empire State Building
  • 27 workers died by the time the Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883

During the incredible building boom of early 20th century, it was said that crew foremen could expect one man to die for every $1million spent on a skyscraper.

In these heady early years – when industry barons raced each other to see who could get their towers built first – workers had few protections. They wore no hard hats or safety ropes.

But even inches from peril, some men managed to laugh in the face of death. These incredible pictures show construction workers goofing off as they built some of America’s most iconic skyscrapers. Continue reading “A Look Back During The Early Era Of Skyscraper Construction “

1930:  One Man Killed On The Jobsite Per (approx) Every $1 Million Spent

In the 1930s, the odds were not in a worker’s favor:

On average, one man was killed per million dollars spent on a big project. Joseph Strauss, the designer of the Golden GateBridge wanted to beat those odds, and spent a ton of money on safety. Goofing off was Continue reading “1930:  One Man Killed On The Jobsite Per (approx) Every $1 Million Spent”