The Human Machinery of War

Photograph: Worker Crouching to Reach Under a Clutter Workbench

Original Title/Caption: “Industrial safety. Accident prevention. A cluttered work bench is hazardous. This worker could be seriously injured by thoughtlessly raising his head a trifle. In addition, the disorder creates a hazard in the aisles.”

 

Description: This black and white photograph shows a man crouching to reach under a cluttered workbench.  Tools and work materials are strewn under, across, and around the work bench. This photograph was taken in June 1942 by Howard Liberman.

 

Source: Liberman, Howard, photographer.  “Industrial safety. Accident prevention. A cluttered work bench is hazardous. This worker could be seriously injured by thoughtlessly raising his head a trifle. In addition, the disorder creates a hazard in the aisles.”  Photograph, 1942.  From Library of Congress: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection, Call number LC-USE6- D-005573.  http://loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8e11102/ (accessed March 20, 2007).

 

Historical discussion: Here, the original title/caption uses the word “thoughtlessly,” emphasizing an individual worker’s blame in industrial accidents.