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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 4 (August 1, 1927)

The British Home Secretary On “Safety First.”

The British Home Secretary On “Safety First.”

Speaking at the annual meeting of the National Safety First Association in London on 3rd May (a full report of which appears in the last issue to hand of the Association's Journal), the Home Secretary (the Rt. Hon. Sir William Joynson-Hicks, President of the Association), referred to the impending opening of a new Industrial Museum in connection with the Home Office. “It will,” he said, “be one of the most remarkable museums in the world-a museum showing every kind of safety appliance in operation. Many employers have given us, or lent us, their new machines and new contrivances of every kind for lessening the possibility of accidents.”

In view of the fact that there were, according to the latest statistics, no less than 476,000 industrial accidents in 1925 among the seven and a half million people employed in British Industrial undertakings-about 3,000 being killed and 473,000 injured-the founding of such a museum, where all concerned can see in actual operation, every possible device which safety can suggest for greater safety, cannot fail to have a big educational influence in the direction of accident prevention.