Triangle factory fire was an industrial disaster that took the lives of 146 laborers. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was owned by Max Blanck and Isaac Harris, and with five hundred workers employed at the company. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory’s working conditions were very poor; laborers could not go to the bathroom freely, and each of the workers had limited work space. In addition, workers were searched after the work to see if they had stolen any company property. However, the biggest drawback was that the factory did not have appropriate fire drill procedures even though the shirtwaist factory was vulnerable to fire due to the nature of the production.
Five hundred female immigrants worked at the Triangle Factory, under poor conditions and without any proper fire safety measures. However, the city government of New York and the police department were both ignorant to these issues. The conflagration had been anticipated. On March 25th, a fire began in a rag bin in the factory. Since there were plenty of inflammable material in the factory, the fire quickly grew in its size. The news of the fire was immediately reported to the owners, yet not to the workers. In the mean time; workers in the floor under the fire began to panic.
The factory workers had plenty of time to evacuate the building once they learned about the spreading fire. However, there was no way to get out of the building. Only one of four elevators was properly operated, the doors were locked and the stairways were too narrow for many people climb down quickly. To top it off, most of the hydrants at the Triangle Factory were not working due to the lack of maintenance. While owners and workers on the eighth floor evacuated to the roof of the building, others who failed to exit in time were trapped in the fire. Some trapped workers jumped out of the windows. In less than 30 minutes, nearly 150 workers were killed by the fire. 
. The tragedy that took the lives of many could have been easily avoided. Due to Blanck and Harris’s insensitiveness to safety, one hundred and fifty workers died. If the owners of the Factory had not locked the doors, had checked and maintained hydrants, or operated the sprinklers, the disaster could have been contained, if not avoided. Also if there were no corruption between the city officials and business owners, many workers probably had much higher chance of survival.
The disaster at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory teaches us many lessons on safety and workers’ rights. Their sacrifice highlighted the poor working conditions of factory laborers, and led large strikes, and brought about fire prevention laws in New York. Owners of businesses and workers should learn that safety must be a top priority from the disaster. An average factory worker today probably not believe the poor working conditions of the early 20th century; just as it would be difficult for the victims of the Triangle factory fire to imagine how much labor and safety laws would improve. We shall not forget the disaster that took the lives of many young female immigrants. Let it remind us how far society has came, and how much we can improve even more.