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Worker Safety - The Triangle Fire Legacy
Source: Council for Economic Education (EconEdLink) | Type: Lesson

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 was a turning point for employee health and safety protections in the U.S. Students investigate the Triangle tragedy and how its impact is still felt today. Students identify eerie parallels between the Triangle Fire and more recent workplace events with safety implications – recent complaints of Wal-Mart employee lock-ins, a deadly fire in a North Carolina poultry processing plant in 1991, and a 1993 fire in a Thailand toy factory given the sad distinction of most deadly industrial fire in the world. How can future tragedies be prevented in the workplace? Students assess the costs, benefits and effectiveness of various government and labor actions. They discover that worker safety is a complex issue and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

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Review from EconEdLink.org September 3, 2007
By: Hemang Hajariwala
This lesson is very good. I have learned many things from this lesson and it is very nice.
 

Review from EconEdLink.org September 10, 2007
By: Jared Willerson
My students enjoyed this lesson. I could not believe the total silence as I the read the historical account of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. They were fascinated and it opened up a lively discussion.