Frances Perkins- An American Hero : Leaning In on Worker Safety

Frances Perkins was an American Hero making worker safety an important part of the American industrial story.

Born in 1880, Frances Perkins was an early pioneer for workers safety in the US. She was the longest servicing Labor Secretary under President Roosevelt. While she was trained as a sociologist, her life was forever changed when one day after having tea in lower Manhattan with a friend, she witnessed the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire where workers jumped from 8 stories to their deaths to avoid being burned in the fire at the factory. The lack of safety measures at that factory, and the deaths that resulted, caused Frances to devote the rest of her life to work place safety.
During her term as Secretary of Labor, Perkins executed many aspects of the New Deal, including the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Public Works Administration and its successor the Federal Works Agency, and the labor portion of the National Industrial Recovery Act. With the Social Security Act she established unemployment benefits, pensions for the many uncovered elderly Americans, and welfare for the poorest Americans. She pushed to reduce workplace accidents and helped craft laws against child labor. Through the Fair Labor Standards Act, she established the first minimum wage and overtime laws for American workers, and defined the standard forty-hour work week.

While Leaststaff’s main goal is to secure the least expensive work comp option for your staffing company, we also want to help make sure that you are familiar with all the current safety issues to help reduce accidents among your employees.

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David Schek