New York Personal Injury Lawyer Recalls the Lessons of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire


March 25 is a day held in honor by labor activists, New York personal injury lawyers and proponent's of the worker's rights movement. This day marks the 100th anniversary of the historic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire which left 146 workers dead. The work related accident in New York was one of the worst workplace accidents in America's history.

Investigations of the tragic workplace accident revealed that the owners of the factory had locked several doors that led to fire escapes. The owners justified their actions, claiming the locked doors were necessary to prevent theft and work breaks and they were acquitted of any wrongdoing in the fire. However, the high number of deaths caused by the disregard for the health and safety of employees sparked labor and worker safety movements in America.

The tragic workplace accident forever changed the laws surrounding workplace conditions in New York and around the country. New York personal injury lawyers believe that the safety of employees must be a priority at any work place.

But, even 100 years later there is still a disregard for worker safety points out New York personal injury lawyer and construction accident lawyer David Perecman. Recently, OSHA fined a New York demolition contractor, for 9 “willful and serious violations of workplace safety and health standards" including employees exposed to scaffolding accidents like falls from 40-foot scaffolds.

“Thankfully, today there are many laws that govern the condition of workplaces, and New York construction accident lawyers and personal injury lawyers in New York willing to fight hard for the rights of construction accident victims," said Perecman, a New York construction accident lawyer and personal injury lawyer in New York for over 30 years.

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