Aftermath


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.

Factory Exit Doors
Triangle Factory

"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."
New Law
"All doors leading in or to any such factory shall be constructed as to open outwardly, where practical, and shall not be locked, bolted, or fastened during working hours."
Fire Escapes
Triangle Factory
The Triangle building's fire escapes were rusty, and they broke when someone stepped on them.
New Law
“Any apartment building of 3 stories or less in its entirety is permitted to have a single exit under the condition that the building is protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system, meets the requirements of the applicable chapter of the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code 101 and every sleeping room has a 2nd means of escape.”
Fire Sprinklers
Triangle Factory
In 1911, sprinklers were not required in the buildings in New York, but a handful of buildings did. There were no sprinklers in the Triangle.
New Law
"The New York Building Standards Commission voted to adopt the 2009 International Residential Code, including its requirements for automatic fire sprinkler systems in new one- and two- family dwellings, effective date January 1, 2011."
Fire Drills
Triangle Factory
Fire drills were not required to be conducted, so nobody bothered to do it. The Triangle Shirtwaist Company never conducted a fire drill.
New Law
"The New York Occupational Safety and Health Act (NY/OSH Act), through its acceptance of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) standards, requires companies with 10 or more employees to have written fire prevention and emergency exit plans for each workplace. Employers with fewer than 10 employees may communicate the plans orally."

March 25, 1911 was a day that would ultimately change life for American workers.

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"The only thing they knew was that they never returned home."
from 'Memorial'