After The Triangle Fire: State And National Workplace Safety Reforms

March 25, 2011 9:06 am ET

After the Triangle Fire disaster, the state of New York created a Factory Investigating Commission to study safety, sanitation, wages, hours and child labor in places like sweatshops, canneries and bakeries. Over the years following the fire, New York adopted 36 of the commission's recommendations into law, meaning that New York led the country in protecting vulnerable workers against the most severe exploitation. Several of the commission members went on to ascend to the national stage, where they shepherded through country-wide regulations. Most notably, commission member Robert F. Wagner became a U.S. senator and while in office saw through the passage of the National Labor Relations Act, granting to workers everywhere the right to organize.

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