A Disastrous Century: Regulations And Worker Safety Since The Triangle Fire

March 24, 2011 2:23 pm ET

In the century since the Triangle Factory Fire, scores of industrial accidents have killed and injured thousands. Below is Political Correction's list of the 11 most significant industrial disasters since the Triangle Fire, in human and regulatory terms. The pattern that emerges from this list is as predictable as it is infuriating: in the pursuit of profits, private companies willfully cut corners — endangering both human workers and the natural environment — until and unless there are rules to prevent that bad behavior, and an effective regulatory "cop on the beat" to enforce those rules. As they wage a political war against the very concept of business regulations, Republicans would do well to remember the lessons learned in the tragedies below.

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