Jeremy Millar

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Accident Prevention Regulations…

Series of colour photographs

Accident Prevention Regulations in the Use of Wood-Planing Machines takes its title from an instructive text written by Franz Kafka, while he worked for an insurance company. Although now best known for his extraordinary, and singular, short stories, most of the writing Kafka undertook during his lifetime related to his work at Arbeiter-Unfall-Versicherungs-Anstalt für das Königreich Böhmen (Occupational Injury Insurance Office for the Kingdom of Bohemia), in Prague, where he worked from 1908 until 1922.

While in Prague I took a series of photographs in a sawmill. If Kafka's influence upon literature is undeniable, his influence upon safe working practices in Czech factories seems negligible.

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