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Triangle Fire Essay

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The Triangle Factory fire happened on March 25, 1911 and was responsible for the deaths of 146 employees. The fire happened during a time when many labor unions were being formed to fight for higher wages, shorter workdays, and safer work conditions. The Triangle Factory fire caused a change in America by making aware the dangers of current working conditions, creating investigating commissions, and lead to different work practices in future factories.
One of the many things labor unionists wanted was safer working conditions. The current working conditions were crowded and not suitable for the workers. Had there been safer conditions in place many lives taken from the fire could have been ...view middle of the document...

” The FIC went to different factories to make sure they were running the way they should be and following safety guidelines set in place. Before the FIC was created, though, there were factory inspectors through the Department of Labor. However, these inspectors were very lenient and the employers usually knew when they would come so they could insure everything was in “ship shape.” 3 After the FIC was started there were laws passed that “controlled the sanitary conditions of factories, regulating the labor of women and children, and provided fire-prevention measure and regular fire drills.”3 The FIC helped make working conditions safer for employees and from that point work places were made safer and hours were made shorter.
When people realized that changing the way factories and other work places were ran they realized that it would “benefit industries as well as workers.” Things began to change in America as far as work places went. It took multiple years for laws to go into effect for work places but when they did there was a significant change in how they ran. Labor unions finally received what they had been asking for. There were “shorter work days and weeks for...

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