Tag "safety equipment"
Reeling to Safety (Mar, 1947)

Reeling to Safety. Fire threaten? Strap on the belt, climb out the hotel window, and—as Detroit inventor Irving Bassett shows—a steel tape reels out automatically to drop you safely to the ground.

Escape Chute (Apr, 1948)

Escape Chute can evacuate the entire 136-bed Georgia Baptist Hospital, Atlanta, in only a few minutes. In case of fire, patients can be picked up, mattress and all, and slid to safety down the spiral chute.



Scientific Sleuths Give an Invisible Public Enemy the Third Degree with Odd Instruments

By Walter E. Burton

N AN amazing laboratory at Pittsburgh, Pa., a group of scientific sleuths are waging a never-ending war to protect American workers everywhere from the insidious and deadly menace of industrial dusts.

“Aprons” Take Shock From Grid Scrimmage (Dec, 1941)

“Aprons” Take Shock From Grid Scrimmage

ANOTHER step away from – the fierce clash of football as it was played in the days of the “flying wedge” is the “scrimmage apron,” invented this fall for use by the elite of present-day college grid stars. In the photo at the right, the Columbia University Lions are shown wearing the new padding device, with Horace Potter shown tackling Paul Governali, the ball carrier. The protectors are designed to be worn only in practice sessions. Their purpose is to eliminate the danger of injury.

McCahill Sounds Off On Safety (Jul, 1956)

Ok, now I’m starting to think that Tom McCahill just had a fetish about imagining Chinese men in uncomfortable situations.

By the way, if you want to see just how much safer modern cars are than cars of this era, check out this video put out by the insurance institute on its 50th birthday. It’s a collision between a 1959 Chevy Bel Air and a 2009 Chevy Malibu. Guess who wins.

McCahill Sounds Off On Safety

Uncle Tom blasts so-called “safety features” and suggests ten ways makers can cut traffic deaths.

By Tom McCahill

IN THE automobile business right now the topic of safety is as hot as a naked Chinaman in a barrel of tabasco. With various professors fronting for them and spouting statistics by the yard, carmakers in newly-tailored angel suits have set out almost en masse to halt highway slaughter.

Now this is a noble undertaking, the good Lord knows, and I am all in favor of anything that will save even one life on the road. But the trouble is, the safety campaign so far has not shown much evidence of being overloaded with realistic thinking.

Cover-Up for Fire (Jul, 1962)

Cover-Up for Fire

Enclosed in a convenient stand-up case attached to the wall, a fireproof blanket can be yanked out and wrapped around an industrial worker whose clothes are in flames.

A loop of rope extends outside the case. The person on fire can pull this, whirl to the left and wrap himself tightly in the blanket. Blanket and case ($33) made by Mine Safety Appliances Co., Pittsburgh, Pa.


So richly stocked with fish is the Deschutes River, in central Oregon, that sportsmen facetiously say one must hide behind a tree to bait a hook. Unhappily, the region also abounds in rattlesnakes. To invade this angler’s paradise in safety, fishermen have adopted the ingenious expedient of donning tin pants fashioned from stovepipes, as seen in the photograph at the left. The metal leggings are reported to have proved successful in protecting the fishermen from the fangs of rattlers.

Whacks on Head Test Helmet (Mar, 1954)

I guess it’s better then being a jock tester.

Whacks on Head Test Helmet

Sledge-hammer blows are dealt this man by a 13-pound pendulum to find out how much protection a helmet gives a pilot or football player. Instruments measure force of the blows. Result: better-built helmets.

No Place Like Home… TO GET HURT (Nov, 1935)

No Place Like Home… TO GET HURT

YOU face 266 times the danger of injury while reading a book at home, walking down the cellar stairs, or thawing a frozen pipe, that your neighbor does when he embarks on the evening plane for a distant city.

Unbelievable? At the risk of boring you, I shall prove my statement with a few figures.

This year, if the nation’s experience of former years holds true, fully 5,184,500 of our 125,000,000 men, women, and children will suffer accidents—from falling out of chairs to slipping down icy stairs— in their homes. Of the 561,370 or more passengers riding in transport airplanes, for a total distance of 49,000,000 miles, not more than 357 will be involved in seventy-three accidents, and only eighty-eight will receive so much as a scratch.

Peekaboo bag? No, a survival hood (May, 1968)

Peekaboo bag? No, a survival hood

It’s too bad that the pretty (take our word for it) girl shown here has to play peekaboo to get her point over. She is demonstrating the use of a plastic “survival hood” for airline passengers. Made by the G. T. Schjeldahl Co., Northfield, Minn., it provides protection against smoke and gas inhalation while escaping from a crashed plane.