It was a tragic garment factory fire in New York City that spurred changes in fire and life safety in the workplace in the
U.S. to protect workers. News reports of the weekend fire in a Bangladesh
factory are citing conditions that are similar to the 1911 fire: a reminder
that the lessons learned are still relevant today around the world.
The 1911 Triangle Waist Company fire led to the call for the
National Fire Protection Association to set
requirements for fire and life safety in the workplace. According to NFPA Journal, “Triangle
remains the deadliest accidental industrial building fire in the nation’s
history. It also helped spark profound change in American society, including
sweeping reforms that included the adoption and enforcement of a host of
workplace safety measures. The development and creation of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, can
be traced directly to the Triangle fire.”
videos and resources are available at www.nfpa.org/triangle.