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100 Years Ago: Tragedy Leads to Workplace Safety, Worker’€™s Compensation

This week will mark the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.  On Saturday, March 25, 1911 146 lives were lost when the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City’s Washington Square broke out in flames.  The workers, mostly women and girls, were trapped in the top floors of a building with no sprinklers, locked doors and only one fire escape.

Fire ladders could not reach the top three floors of the ten story building and the fire escape collapsed under the weight of those trying to flee the fire.  By standers watched women leap out windows to their death as they tried to get away.

The fire led to a two year investigation of working conditions and factory safety.  This investigation led to child labor laws, fire safety codes, and New York Worker’s Compensation.

Today, workers are entitled to a safe place of employment.  They must have the necessary training to do their job safely and the workplace must meet strict safety codes.  New York workers who are injured on-the-job are entitled to Worker’s Compensation while they recover from their injuries.

Your rights are guaranteed by law, but if you have been injured in a New York workplace accident, you may have to fight for your benefits.  The New York Worker’s Compensation attorneys at Markhoff & Mittman can help you get the compensation you deserve.  Contact Markhoff & Mittman at 855-614-4351 to schedule a free consultation.