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Dying to WorkDeath and Injury in the American Workplace$
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Jonathan D. Karmel

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501709982

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501709982.001.0001

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The Torch That Lighted Up the Industrial Scene

The Torch That Lighted Up the Industrial Scene

(p.19) 2 The Torch That Lighted Up the Industrial Scene
Dying to Work

Jonathan D. Karmel

Cornell University Press

Chapter Two recounts the story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire as the seminal event that ushered in the changes and reforms to workplace safety that were realized in the Progressive Era. Workers compensation, state industrial commissions and the study of occupational diseases were all born from the ashes of the Triangle Fire.

Keywords:   Triangle Fire, workers compensation, Progressive Era, industrial commissions, occupational diseases, Frances Perkins, Wisconsin Idea

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