How did progressives seek to improve working conditions?

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In the Progressive Era safety standards for American workers were, for the most part, appalling. Without proper regulation, employers were free to drive down standards to maximize their profits. The results were predictably horrendous, with serious injuries and even deaths becoming a depressingly permanent feature of American industrial life. If employees were hurt on the job, which happened frequently, they were not entitled to any compensation. Many of such workers were the sole bread-winner in their households, and the disabilities they sustained from their workplace injuries made it impossible for them to continue providing for their families, plunging them into dire poverty.

It was in response to this basic injustice...

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