The History of the Safe Work Environment

As we’re constantly trying to safeguard working conditions in the 21st century, it’s interesting to look back and remember just how far we’ve come in creating suitable working environments. Here, we’re taking a look at some of the working conditions of the past up to the present day…

At the height of the Industrial Revolution of the late 19th century, employers were requiring workforces to do 12-hour shifts or longer, 7 days a week, on wages that allowed them to merely get by. What’s more, they were rarely allowed a break and were often exposed to extremely dangerous working conditions. Labour unions soon became vocal and began to organise strikes to protest against these poor conditions, which saw a revolution that changed these dangerous places of work permanently.

Of course, nowadays there are firm regulations in place which prevent such hazardous working environments, such as the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, which states employers are responsible for ensuring the safety of their employees, as well as the public.

Although working conditions and regulations have come a long way, dangers do still remain in the workplace. One of the most prevalent hazards nowadays is electrical shock and electricity related injury, with an average of 155 fatalities each year in the UK. Here at Boddington’s Electrical based in Braintree, Essex, we’re committed to producing top-of-the-range insulated tools and safety equipment, so that you can be protected from electrical hazards on a daily basis.

With over 30 years of experience in the industry, we know what electricians need in their day-to-day work and aim to constantly develop bespoke solutions to everyday problems. We have recently expanded our product portfolio to include extensive tool kits so that you have everything you need in one handy case! Just take a look at our online store for our full range from insulated hand tools to PPE, or get in touch for further information.