Carpet Making and Occupational Hazards: A Photo Essay

By William S. Carter, Ph.D.

While carpet manufacturing might appear to be an industry with few hazards, studies indicate otherwise. To fully understand these hazards, it is worthwhile to visit manufacturing sites and review all of the steps in the process. In 2009 as a Fulbright Scholar teaching at Kathmandu University, I had an opportunity to do just that with some of my students.

Let me lead you on a visit through the process using pictures from GoodWeave’s archives and supplementary photos.

More articles on this subject:

A Haunting Picture of Poor Health: Child Labor in the Rug Industry, by David Parker, MD
Towards Health and Safety in the Carpet Industry, by Armand F. Pereira

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