275 girls started to collect their belongings as they were leaving work at 4:45 PM on Saturday. Within twenty minutes some of girls' charred bodies were lined up along the East Side of Greene Street. Those girls who flung themselves from the ninth floor were merely covered with tarpaulins where they hit the concrete. The Bellevue morgue was overrun with bodies and a makeshift morgue was set up on the adjoining pier on the East River. Hundred's of parents and family members came to identify their lost loved ones. 146 employees of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company were dead the night of March 25, 1911. The horror of their deaths led to numerous changes in occupational safety standards that currently ensure the safety of workers today.
As Safety Professionals attending our first OSHA classes, we learned of this tragedy and how this horrific tragedy is what initiated the regulations we uphold today.
Today, I learned that a young man, who is a native of my own Roswell, NM, Jim Kuemmerle, is attempting to honor those who lost their lives in this 1911 fire. The following is an excerpt from his web page and the link here you can cut and paste into your browser
to help support him with this endeavor. The music is incredibly moving and I urge all Safety Professionals to help this young man honor those who suffered before we had the regulations that keep our workplaces safe.
Time is of the essence to enable him to arrange studio time and other musicians to complete this project. Send the link at the bottom to anyone you know who has benifitted by having safe workplaces.
In Jims own words
Ever since I first read about it in elementary school, this disaster
has resonated deeply with me, both as an emotionally moving tragedy
and as one of the central turning points in American history.
Early last year, I was inspired to honor the memory of this event by
composing and releasing an album retelling its story. After months of
research and composition, the pieces have all been written, and I'm
bringing together the musicians to bring the music to life. As you
can imagine, both public and private arts funding have become
increasingly scarce, and even those groups that do offer funding to
individual musicians needed two years or more of lead time.
Fortunately, this fall I learned of a website called Kickstarter.com
that enables shoestring-budget creative projects like mine to get
funding not through a label or a grant but by collecting pledges of
support from people interested in the project.
The way it works is that when you make a pledge of a certain amount,
you don't pay anything right away. Instead, that pledged amount
counts toward the funding goal, which is the minimum amount needed to
be able to actually pull off the project. If enough pledges come in
for enough money to meet or exceed the funding goal, then the project
gets supported, the credit cards get charged (secure payment handled
by amazon.com,) I receive the funds, and can then pay the recording
studio, the musicians, the CD pressing plant, etc. If the funding
goal isn't met, no money changes hands, and the project gets tabled
until, I guess... the 150th anniversary of the fire? ;)
It isn't a charity donation: those who pledge support get something
back. A pledge of at least $10 dollars gets you the completed album
in a downloadable format, larger pledges get a physical CD, and even
larger pledges get other goodies on top of that. (Gluten-free
brownies, music lessons, video or MP3 of me covering a song of your
choice, writing a composition specifically for you, and so forth.)
Here's my project profile on Kickstarter, with all the goodies listed
on the right-hand side of the page:
(which is a shortened URL redirecting to the webpage