4.01 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Legacy Worksheet Worker Safety - The Triangle Fire Legacy: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire On March 25, 1911, a small fire broke out in a bin of rags at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory on New York City’s Lower East Side. The profitable business heralded as a model of efficiency operated in a modern fireproof building. Yet in less than an hour, 146 people—most of them young immigrant Jewish and Italian women in their teens and early 20s—died, trapped by blocked exit doors and faulty fire escapes. The Tragedy: Identify six factors that contributed to the deaths of the 146 workers. 1. They did not have the protections we have today. 2. Fire-fighters could not extinguish the flames or reach the trapped workers. 3. The building had only one fire escape. 4. Panicked workers were crushed as they struggled with doors that were locked by managers to prevent theft. 5. Only a few buckets of water were on hand to douse the flames. Government Responds:
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- Spring '17
- Ms. Thomas
- Triangle Shirtwaist