ID#: 9464
Description: Caption:
This April 1941 historical photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). It depicted a number of industrial workers in Lee County, Alabama, who were in the process of loading crushed limestone into pushcarts, by using an overhead bucket shovel, which when unloaded, as was the case in this example, a large debris-cloud ensued, exposing workers to irritating airborne particulates. The potential worker health problems associated with crushed limestone, also known as calcium carbonate, includes respiratory hazards when inhaled, and dermatitis, due to mechanical abrasion resulting from skin contact. Prolonged exposure may cause lung diseases like silicosis. The men were equipped with inadequate respiratory protection. In the 1940s and 1950s, the Industrial Hygiene Division (IHD) investigated hazards associated with this, and other activities involving workplace health hazards.
Additional Information:
The NIOSH Historic Photo Collection from which this photograph was derived, began as the Picture File of the Industrial Hygiene Division of the USPHS, c. 1930-1960. It is a unique collection of mid-20th Century images of American workers and workplaces, and documents occupational safety and health research of that era. The collection consists of approximately 1,000 original photographs and schematic drawings.
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Content Providers(s): CDC/ Barbara Jenkins, NIOSH
Creation Date: 1941
Photo Credit: Forsythe
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.