A Timeline of American Employee Rights

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Protecting Employees’ Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Act was signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1970. But it was during WWII that industrial accidents put a renewed focus on worker safety. According to the Duke law journal Law and Contemporary Problems in the “two years preceding OSHA's enactment, 14,000 workers died each year from workplace hazards, and another 2 million were disabled or harmed.”