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NYC marks Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire centennial

Last week marked the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York, which left 146 workers dead and one of the worst industrial accidents in U.S. history.

In the aftermath of the tragic fire, significant legislation was enacted which ensured that workplaces must include safety features for the benefit of a company's employees.

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Women participate in a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York, on Sunday, March 27, 2011.

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Family members and attendees hold up shirts bearing the names of victims at a ceremony at the site of theTriangle Shirtwaist Factory fire March 25, 2011 in New York City.

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(left) Firefighters work to douse the flames at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in the Asch building at the corner of Greene Street and Washington Place, on March 25, 1911 in New York City. Workers were locked into the factory during their shifts, preventing escape. New Yorkers watched in horror from below as workers leapt to their deaths from the windows above. (Right) People walk past the Asch building the day before the 100th anniversary of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire which killed 146 immigrant workers, most of them young women, on March 24, 2011 in New York City. Public outcry over the tragedy led to nationwide debate on workers rights and safety regulations and helped pave the way for strong workers unions.