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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 12 (April 1, 1928.)

Goggles Compulsory in the Pullman Shops

Goggles Compulsory in the Pullman Shops.

According to a statement made in a recent address by Mr. H. Guilbert, Director of Safety of the Pullman Company, the wearing of goggles by all employees is now compulsory in the repair shops and yards of the Company. As illustrating the safety value of the new rule, Mr. Guilbert mentioned that since the wearing of goggles was made compulsory “the eyes of approximately a thousand men have been saved from serious injury or destruction.”

The compulsory wearing of goggles was introduced after twelve years of effort (under “optional” conditions) during which was tried “every conceivable method known to human ingenuity to get the men to wear goggles—such methods as spectacular bulleins, vivid (and unpleasant) examples, pleading, persuasion, and threatening—but with very small results.” Dismissal is the penalty for disregard of the new rule—a rule which applies also to officers of the company. Moreover, visitors to the works are likewise required to wear goggles.

A further point of interest made in the above address was, that since 1916, in Pennsylvania alone, no less than 6,842 eyes have been completely destroyed in industrial accidents.

On our own system (especially in the workshops) eye injuries constitute a big percentage of the yearly total of accidents. Employces owe it to themselves, to their families, and to the Department, never to engage in an occupation in which injury to the eyes might result, without providing themselves with suitable goggles.

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