Tuesday, May 10, 2011

On May 10

On this day in ...
... 1993, as detailed in this case study available at the website of the International Labour Organization, nearly 188 workers died in a toy factory fire in Thailand's Nakhon Pathom Province. (credit for photo of book on the fire) "Most of the victims were young female workers from rural families." The ILO report observed:

This disaster stands as the world’s worst accidental loss-of-life fire in an industrial building in recent history, a distinction held for 82 years by the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire that killed 146 workers in New York City.

It notes similarities between the 2 tragedies -- presence of combustible fabrics, poor exit options, and little evacuation training -- and holds both out as evidence of the need for strong work-safety regulations.

(Prior May 10 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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