News 88.9 KNPR
Classical 89.7 KCNV
NV89 Discover Music

an member station


The Workplace In Nevada: Speed Versus Safety


Courtesy: University of Nevada Press

There was a time when workplace safety was considered the responsibility of the employee: You take a job and you consent to the hazards that might be part of the job. 

In the 20th Century, laws were enacted to protect workers. They didn't always work, especially in the Wild West of Nevada where workplace safety and the desire to work faster often conflicted. 

UNLV history professor Michelle Follette Turk explores that part of Nevada's history in her new book “A History of Occupational Health and Safety: From 1905 to the Present."


Support comes from


Michelle Follette Turk, historian of occupational health and professor, UNLV, 

More Stories

KNPR's State of Nevada
KNPR's State of Nevada
Mar 23, 2009

New Priorities

KNPR's State of Nevada
Aug 24, 2005

Along the Way