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Volume XV: Labour Law | Chapter 7 (1983): Safety and Health at Work

1. Preliminary. – The fact that work can be connected with serious hazards to human health and integrity necessitating some intervention of law in this area, became evident with the use of powered machinery and the great expansion of factory employment brought about by the Industrial Revolution. Social evils arising out of these developments consisted not only in the abuse of child labour and physical strain connected with a long day’s work b…

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Wacław Szubert, “Introduction”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 23 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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