|More than fifty years ago, Liberty Mutual did something done by no other insurer — it opened a facility dedicated to occupational safety and health research. Built on 80 acres of farmland in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the original 4,800-square-foot facility housed a small staff of scientists committed to studying the causes and prevention of work-related accidents and injuries.
From its humble beginnings, the Research Institute has evolved into an internationally recognized, award-winning enterprise with 25 researchers, 20 support staff members, and 11 fully functioning, state-of-the-art laboratories. Its rich history includes research milestones and safety innovations that have helped to advance occupational safety and health in the United States and abroad. At the same time, the Research Institute furthered Liberty Mutual's broader mission of "helping people live safer, more secure lives."
The following pages provide a detailed chronicle of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, from its earliest days, before the Hopkinton facility existed, to the present.
Next, "The Early Years"