Story: Workplace safety and accident compensation

Milling a kauri log (3rd of 3)

Milling a kauri log

The upper and lower circular saw blades in this small sawmill, around 1900, have no guards on them to protect the mill workers. The man in front is adjusting the position of the log while the man at the other end pulls the sawn slabs, or flitches, to one side.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Sydney Charles Smith Collection (PA-Group-00242)
Reference: 1/1-024890; G
Photograph by Sydney Charles Smith

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Hazel Armstrong, 'Workplace safety and accident compensation - Working in the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 August 2020)

Story by Hazel Armstrong, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 18 Apr 2016