An unknown skyscraper under construction. An engineer takes a lunch break.
Film: New York City, 1934
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Love the way he's so casually drinking from his bottle with nothing beneath his feet for 100s of yards! Couldn't do that myself!
The caption is incorrect. Government health and safety laws did indeed exist but were deficient. If an employee was hurt or killed, it was a defense for the company to assert that it complied with the standards (low or non-existent) set by the government in its laws and thus not liable. If instead, however, government had simply stayed out of it, and businesses had been left responsible for establishing safety measures instead of politicians, businesses would have been FORCED to provide harnesses and safety equipment -- even highly motivated to research and create advancements in safety equipment and standards -- because of prosecution under existing negligence theory.
Yes, well done "PatrioticUSGlory", definitely the government's fault. Nothing to do with unregulated pursuit of profit by the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor. Health and Safety laws are for goddamned commies, aren't they?