Lee Hornberger


More than fourteen thousand workers died as a result of occupationally related accidents in 1970. This is more than died in Vietnam during the same period. During the 1960's, more than 150,000 Americans died under similar conditions. This was in spite of occupational safety and health legislation in most of the states. Federal safety legislation in limited areas had failed to stem the fatal tide in even those limited areas. It had become apparent that unless a new comprehensive approach was used the worksite would become even more deadly than the battlefield. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was the federal government's answer to this continuing threat. This article will review the OSH Act and attempt to predict its future effect upon American industry and employees.