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Some Assembly Required: 1942

Some Assembly Required: 1942

June 1942. "Installation of a third 30,000 kilowatt generator at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Cherokee Dam on the Holston River." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.


TVA dam

No, none of the safety stuff we require today but I think the work ethic and "common sense" were a little different.

Dam Safety

On the whole I like it better the modern way. When you consider the number of deaths associated with major construction projects in this period (96 dead on the Hoover Dam job site including men who fell into the concrete pour and are entombed in the dam) I think you'd agree that getting thigs done fast should probably take a back seat to getting things done safely.

["Workers entombed in Hoover Dam": Urban legend. - Dave]

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Interesting to contrast this with how we do things these days; we'd have fall protection, hard hats, safety glasses, steel toed boots, and scaffolding all around the frame. It's a wonder we get anything done.

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