Risk assessments are a relatively recent addition to the workplace. Back in the “good old days,” simply doing your job could be severely hazardous to your health – especially if you were a child at the time. Here are some terror-inducing photos of a world before health and safety went mad.
Constructing the Eiffel Tower
Likely taken in 1888 or 1889, this photo shows one of the many construction workers who helped bring the Eiffel Tower to life. The worker dangles carelessly from the side of a steel girder, but this pose was uncommon while actually working – notice that another worker in the top left of the photo has carefully looped one leg over the top of a steel beam to avoid falling.