41 – Snowy Hydro – Pt 4: Working environments & safety

Today we turn our attention the workers’ arrangements.  At the peak of construction, over 1959/60, there were 7300 people employed on the project.  So that’s a lot of people to keep fed & watered, and entertained. 

But it was hard and sometimes dangerous work, so we consider some of the human costs on the project too.

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Thiess Safety First (NAA)
Accident Tally
Junction shaft 1955
Technicians working on transmission lines (NAA)
Temporary mess at Cooma 1950 (NAA)
Accident 1951 (NAA 4441583)
Norwegian workers at Guthega 1953 (SnowyHydro)
Thiess group tunneling

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REFERENCES:

McHugh, S. (2019). The Snowy : a history (Anniversary edition. ed.): Sydney, NSW, Australia : NewSouth. ISBN:9781742236223I

McHugh, S. (1986). Interviews conducted by Siobhan McHugh with people who worked on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme, 1986. 74 cassettes.  https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/235944494

McHugh (2019, May). Conversations: The story of the Snowy [Retrieved from https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/siobhan-mchugh-snowy-scheme-rpt/12047818

Magee, O. (2006). Building and selling the Snowy. Quadrant, May, 24-26.

Robinson, F., National Occupational Health and Safety Commission, & La Trobe University Department of History. (2000). A study of occupational health and safety practice in the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. Camperdown, N.S.W. : National Occupational Health and Safety Commission. ISBN:0646394045I  https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/35296669

The Settlers. Songs of the Snowy Mountains Songbook. Retrieved from http://www.songsofthesnowy.com.au/Songbook.aspx


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