The History of ASB
A lot of serious accidents took place because of machinery at the workplace in the 19th century. Protection for workers as we know it today was unknown then. Emergency services were just starting up and there was a lack of paramedics who could respond to emergencies fast. When on November 28th 1884, during the building of a warehouse in Erkner, a 40 meter long wall collapsed and 3 carpenters were buried underneath, Gustav Dietrich and five of his colleagues saw the need to organize practice-oriented First-Aid courses. Their idea was to enable workers to help their colleagues in the case of an accident.