Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

Workers & Working Conditions

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Scraps littered the floor in most garment shops. Over 95 percent of New York shops were found defective with respect to safety. Buildings were without fire escapes and adequate exits. Cluttered and crowded working conditions posed a health and fire risk in many shops, as did locked doors funneling workers leaving at the end of the day past a check point where bags were searched for stolen tools, material, or finished clothing.

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Sweatshop conditions in the early 1900's

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