Safety Reminder - Historic Fires
"Today (3/25) marks the anniversary of two historic fires in our area – the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan and the 1990 Happy Land Social Club fire in the Bronx.
The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was a sentinel event which transformed many labor and industrial safety laws. The annual memorial ceremony has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can visit this website for more information: http://rememberthetrianglefire.org/
Today is also the 30th Anniversary of the 1990 Happy Land Social Club fire, the deadliest fire in New York City since the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. It was an act of arson that killed 87 people in an unlicensed social club. The former boyfriend of an employee at the club was arrested and ultimately convicted of arson and murder.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to maintain focus on more common safety issues like fire safety or workplace violence. You may be able to use today’s anniversaries as fire safety reminders to your coworkers and contractors. Thank you for participating in the Voluntary Protection Program."