The immediate consequences of this tragedy were depressing. It showed how greed and carelessness can kill hundreds of innocent people.
A strong reaction to the tragedy was that laws were changed and safety precautions were immediately put into place. Many factories from New York and all throughout the country installed more fire sprinklers, made sure all doors were unlocked and repaired rusty/weak fire escapes.
The fire left behind destruction and many unfortunate deaths, but it also saved many future lives.
Below is a chart of some important laws and regulations that were modified.
"It was shown when Harris and Blanck stood trial that the ninth floor staircase door did not "open outwardly," but inspectors failed to note a violation because only the width of a stair separated the door from the stairs, making it not "practical" for the door to open outwardly."
March 25, 1911 was a day that would ultimately change life for American workers.
July 13, 1900
Plans for a new building for Joseph Asch at Greene Street and Washington Place in New York City are approved.
Jan 15, 1901
Construction of the Asch building is completed.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Company opens a factory on the eighth floor of the Asch building.
A fire prevention expert writes a letter to Triangle Shirtwaist management suggesting that they hold a meeting to discuss improved safety measures, but the letter is ignored.
Local 25 of the ILGWU declares a strike against the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. By November, the strike spreads to other shirtwaist manufacturers. The strike ends after thirteen weeks that saw over 700 striking workers arrested.