Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, 100 Years On

The tragic sweatshop blaze, many of whose victims were Jewish women, precipitated sweeping reforms in workplace safety.

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To mark the centennial of the horrible Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York which left 146 workers dead – many of whom were recent Jewish immigrants to the United States from Eastern Europe – The JForward has a special feature retrospective on what was one of the worst industrial accidents in U.S. history.

In the aftermath of the tragic fire, significant legislation was enacted which ensured that workplaces must include safety features for the benefit of a company's employees.

To learn more about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and its significance 100 years later, click here.

Marchers remember victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire during a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the disaster in New York, March 25, 2011.Credit: Reuters