Safety First

On view June 12 to November 15, 2024

Steel mills historically have been, and still are, inherently dangerous places. Workers must always be on their guard, for their lives and livelihood depend upon their safety.

During the course of the twentieth century, many measures were instituted by management, workers, and unions alike to lessen the dangers of the industrial workplace and maintain steady production rates. The culture of safety was ingrained into the everyday work practices of the mill through training classes, films, manuals, posters, signs, personal protection devices, and tools. Working under the belief that repetition is the best way to enforce a message, Safety First became the mantra of every aspect of life in the mill. Reminders were found at every turn—from the locker room to the work floor, and from the meeting hall to the boardroom. Safety was paramount. Safety meant success for all.

Rivers of Steel’s new exhibit incorporates manuals, posters, signs, personal protection devices, and artifacts allowing visitors to experience what workers were exposed to on a daily basis to ensure their safety and promote an accident free environment in the workplace.

Hours & Admission*

This exhibition offers timed ticketing on Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and by appointment. Closed on Federal holidays.

Exhibition Admission 

$5 suggested donation; register in advance.

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Location & Directions

The Bost Building is located at 623 E. Eighth Avenue, Homestead, PA 15120. Free parking for visitors is available in the lot behind the building, which is accessed from Heisel Street.

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What to Know Before You Go

  • Restrooms: Restrooms are located on the first floor.
  • Photography: Photography is permitted.
  • Parking: Parking is available directly behind the building. Please do not park in the Post Office parking lot or on Heisel Street.
  • Accessibility: The Bost Building is wheelchair accessible. Handicapped parking is available.
  • COVID-19 Policies: Please be advised of our current COVID-19 policies.
  • Admission: Site access is limited to designated exhibition areas and gift shop only. Timed tickets are required.
  • Location: The Bost Building is located at 623 East Eighth Avenue, Homestead, PA 15120.

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