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Occupational safety
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Regulations and codes of conduct to guard against work-related risks in mining, industrial trades and crafts, and industry, limitations on working hours, laws forbidding employment of children, adolescents, and women, as well as provisions to safeguard compensation (prohibition of the truck system = required payment in cash) are at the heart of modern employment law, as it developed beginning in the late Middle Ages out of special rights accorded individual occupational groups. Worker protection in the narrower sense dates only from the 19th cent…

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Steindl, Harald, “Occupational safety”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_016993>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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