Safety first: 20th-century health and safety messages

From squirrels on handkerchiefs to milk bottle tops, Mike Esbester investigates changes in health and safety messages over the 20th century...

A badge promoting the Tufty Club, an organisation launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents to educate children on road safety, 1941. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the August 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine

In 1913 over 30,000 railway workers were injured or killed; in 1916 there were over 54,000 road accidents in London; and in 1930 over 7,000 people died in accidents in the home.

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