Triangle Shirtwaist Tragedy

Today marks the 105th anniversary of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in which 150 people, mostly young immigrant women, died senselessly.  These young women – girls really – were pursuing the American Dream, when a fire broke out, turning their dreams into nightmares. The victims were working 12 hour days in stifling conditions and became trapped on the upper floors of factory in lower Manhattan. Their deaths would have been preventable if the doors were not locked and if other fire safety measures had been put in place. This tragedy led to many workplace reforms in the United States. However, factory safety continues to be a major concern in developing countries. In 2012, over 100 workers were killed in a Bangladeshi factory fire.   Safety must continue to be a priority in places of business, both in the United States and abroad.

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