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The History of OHS in the U.S.

Occupational Health and Safety Administration Department of Labor United States Government

Can’t Take No More (1980)

A quick paced history of occupational health and safety in the U.S. from the Industrial Revolution to the 1970s. Produced and distributed by OSHA in 1980. Then in 1981, the incoming head of OSHA Thorne Auchter recalled and destroyed most copies. A few copies were kept alive by renegade union officials who refused to return their copies. The penalty for being discovered in possession of one of these films was loosing all OSHA funding for their safety and health programs.

There are 3 films in this series: The Story of OSHA | Worker to Worker | Can’t Take No More

This film was preserved through the years through the efforts of Mark Catlin, who made this and other censored OSHA films available for digitizing.

Narrator: Studs Terkel Executive Producer: Ginny Durrin Producer/Writer: Janet Hayman

Original Score by: Oscar Brand Cinematographer: Kip Durrin Editor: Terry Halle

Produced by Durrin Films, Inc. for the Government.

This movie is part of the collection: FedFlix

Producer: Occupational Health and Safety Administration Audio/Visual: sound, color

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

To Watch All Three Videos, Click on the Links Below:

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