Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Essay

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Safety laws within a company or organization were never in demand before the 1900’s. One tragic situation that showed the need for safety laws within companies and organizations was the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. On May 25, 1911 the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Factory burned in a fire. The Factory was owned by Max Blanck and Isaac Harris. It was located in Manhattan, New York on the top three floors of the Asch Building on Greene Street and Washington Place. It was known as a true sweatshop. The workers were mostly young immigrant women who did not speck English, which worked twelve hour days every day. Noticing that safety laws weren’t permitted then neither were child labor laws.

There were only four elevators that reached the floors which the Factory was located. Unfortunately only one of those elevators was working at the time of the fire. The workers had to walk down a narrow hallway in order to reach the one working elevator. There were only two stair wells in the whole building. One which the manager keeps locked to prevent stealing and unwanted guest and the other only opens inward, which is great for entering the building but not exiting. Of course the fire escape wouldn’t work …show more content…

The Triangle Shirtwaist Company Factory was partly burned or burned down twice in 1902. Another Factory they worked in was their Diamond Waist Company Factory which just like the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Factory partly burned and almost burned down twice, in 1907 and 1910. There are suspicions that Blanck and Harris purposely torched their factory building before work hours opened so they could receive the large fire insurance policies they had purchased for every building. Although there is evidence that they weren’t the cause of the 1911 fire in the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Factory. Both Blanck and Harris refused to install water sprinklers systems within the building and take other safety

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