The Human Machinery of War

Photograph: Worker Carrying Heavy Spindles and Rope

Original Title/Caption: “Industrial safety. Accident prevention. The employee who carries in such a way as to obscure his vision is not saving time--he is endangering himself and his fellow workers. A few extra trips, or the use of a truck when necessary, eliminates possible manhour loss from this hazard.”

 

Description: This black and white photograph shows a man carrying two heavy, wooden spindles with a pile of ropes on top of the spindles.  The load blocks his vision, and the man is headed directly for a piece of machinery that is protruding into the aisle.  This photograph was taken in June 1942 by Howard Liberman.

 

Source: Liberman, Howard, photographer.  “Industrial safety. Accident prevention. The employee who carries in such a way as to obscure his vision is not saving time--he is endangering himself and his fellow workers. A few extra trips, or the use of a truck when necessary, eliminates possible manhour loss from this hazard.”  Photograph, 1942.  From Library of Congress: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection, Call number LC-USE6- D-005571.  http://loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8b03958/ (accessed March 20, 2007).

 

Historical discussion: The original title/caption of this photograph explains that the worker is “endangering himself and his fellow workers,” through his careless actions.  Again, the caption points to an individual as the cause of industrial accidents.