Landmarks in the History of Safety by ProQuest


The general misapprehension that preventing injuries (inadvisably and erroneously called accidents) requires mostly common sense has been holding back progress in loss prevention for at least 108 years. The antidote for the misapprehensions and the path for progress were laid out in the Gibson (1961) and Haddon (1963) energy transfer theory of injury causation. Guarnieri's "Landmarks" article is an invitation into practical tools for reducing losses and the basis for a formidable science-based working philosophy. A significant amount of research by Haddon and others preceded the 1963 publication of his statement of the energy transfer theory of injury causation. Guarnieri does an excellent job of naming the "giants" on whose shoulders Haddon rested and includes them in his references. The Gibson-Haddon energy transfer theory is elegant in its simplicity. Guarnieri's article and the references he includes are an inviting way into loss prevention history and a smooth way through some of the dilemmas of loss control.

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