ASSE Remembers the Triangle Shirtwaist Workers
Nearly 106 years ago, on March 25, 1911, OSH became front-page news because of a workplace tragedy in New York City. As fire engulfed the upper floors of Asch building, home to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, 146 garment workers died, many jumping out of windows and into an elevator shaft as they fought to escape the flames.
The tragedy spurred the nation’s effort to address workplace safety, leading to new fire safety laws and workplace standards. And, a few months later, on Oct. 14, the United Association of Casualty Inspectors, now known as ASSE, was formed.
ASSE recognizes this important anniversary and is proud that the safety of American workers has increased progressively since that tragic day.
“The lessons of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire never should be forgotten,” says ASSE President Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH. “Keeping our workplaces safe takes an unwavering commitment, and not just from safety professionals, but from everyone."
ASSE encourages people across the country to pause on Saturday to pay tribute to the workers who lost their lives in that heartbreaking factory fire.