|Description:||This October 1947 photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The image depicted a stone cutter who was in the process of carving a granite gravestone with a pneumatic drill in a Kansas workshop. The worker was wearing appropriate eye protection, but not sporting the requisite filtered respirator or mask, which would have limited his exposure to airborne granite dust particulates. Standing next to the worker was an industrial hygienist sampling the air, in order to test for the presence of, or the quantity of airborne particulates liberated by the grinding process. Workers can be exposed to potential respiratory health hazards, as well as other physical injuries when working in stone cutting and quarrying industries.|
The NIOSH Historic Photo Collection began as the “picture file” of the Industrial Hygiene Division of the U.S. Public Health Service (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.