Phineus Gage

September 13, 1848 Cavendish, Virginia Phineus Gage is impaled through the skull by a tamping iron Gage had been using the tamping iron (pictured with Gage in the daguerreotype) to tamp down material onto blasting powder while preparing a roadbed. He was distracted temporarily by another worker calling to him, and as he looked over…

3 die in workplace fire (graphic)

September 13, 1943 Los Angeles, California Three workers die in a workplace accident The workers [l to r: Clarebel Wimmer (26), John Rueter (65), Lois Johnson (26)] were killed in a workplace explosion and the resulting fire at Noll & Co. manufacturers. The company owner, Norman Noll, failed to use proper fire precautions.