Child labor in the United States was common in the early 20th century, and most of the children worked backbreaking jobs in filthy, dangerous conditions,. These photographs taken by investigator and photographer Lewis Hine tell the story.
The Martin jetpack is the result of Glenn Martin's dream of building the world's first practical jetpack. Glenn worked on this dream night after night in his garage in Christchurch, New Zealand, supported by his wife Vanessa, who was the jetpack's first ever test pilot, and their two sons, Harrision and William.
On Saturday, March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the top floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York. The workers, mostly women and young girls, were trapped inside because the factory owners had locked the exit doors to prevent them from leaving to go to the bathroom during their 12-hour shifts (there was no bathroom in the building).
Maybe it’s something in the air. Maybe it’s a once-in-a-blue-moon alignment of the planets. Or maybe it’s just sheer happenstance. Whatever it is, it seems that an inordinately large percentage of recent EHS news has skewed toward the bizarre, the outlandish and the surreal.
From the stories that make you scratch your head to the ones that make you question your faith in humanity, we’re taking a look at some of the strangest EHS developments from the past year or so.