Life threatening Factory Conditions
A factory in New York, called the Triangle Shirtwaist Company burned down. There were 129 women and 17 men in the factory working, when someone lit a cigarette that fell onto a stack of merchandise and caught flames. The factory always locked the doors until it was time to go home, so that no one could steal fabric. All 146 died because of the locked doors. From an article stated in Brittanica, "The commission’s findings ultimately led to the passage of more than 30 health and safety laws, including factory fire codes and child labour restrictions, and helped shape future labour laws across the country." The factory conditions where horrendous. They were poorly lighted, not cooled, or heated, and if a worker was to be injured by the machinery, he or she was not given worker's compensation or health care benefits.
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