The Construction of the Hoover Dam

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Hoover Dam began to be built during the Great Depression. There were not many jobs because of the economic stand point during the 1930s. The construction of the Hoover Dam created more jobs helping the people receive a job. Even though people received a job, safety was an issue. Some of the safety issues were weather conditions, pneumonia causes, high scalars, and discrimination. Supervisors had a goal to finish the Hoover Dam in record time. The supervisors on the Hoover Dam project were solely responsible for the deaths of the workers because they forced the workers to work in extreme conditions. Temperature being over 120 degrees in the summer and below freezing in the winter made working conditions even worse causing another problem (Outside of China). Dehydration was a major part in the summer. Having water and lakes all over the place was not the problem solver. Lakes being dirty made the workers not drink it. Drinking the dirty water could have caused any sort of disease. As well as in the winter not only was water a problem but the clothing. Significant amount of snowfall and slippery surfaces caused many deaths of workers because of either a slip or a frost. Supervisors should have been aware about the bad weather conditions and actually cared about the workers. Wanting to finish this project in record time made the supervisors put pressure on the workers. Workers had to obey their words, if not the workers could lose their job easily. Building this dam during the Great Depression made it easy to find workers. Fast pace working was the main goal for the supervisors. Working seven days a week for about eight hours made the workers fatigue. Having .75 cents on average an hour was not worth the working based on the harsh w... ... middle of paper ... ...merican architecture from the Alamo to the World Trade Center. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2009. Print. Stevens, Joseph E.. Hoover Dam: an American adventure. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990. Print. Vilander, Barbara, and Ben D. Glaha. Hoover Dam: the photographs of Ben Glaha. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1999. Print. "Travel Nevada." Travel Nevada. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2014. . "Outside of China." Outside of China. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2014. . Hiltzik, Michael A.. Colossus: Hoover Dam and the making of the American century. New York: Free Press, 2010. Print. "Top 10 Deadliest Construction Projects." - Top 100 arena Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. .

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