5/20/1969 the amended Wash-Healey Act allows adoption of NFPA standards by reference. The Walsh-Healey Act of 1936 allowed the Department of Labor to ban contract work done under hazardous conditions. Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and first woman Cabinet member, created the Bureau of Labor Standards in 1934 to assure that workplaces would be “as safe as science and law can make them.” The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan, New York (March 25, 1911) deeply impacted her life. The evolution of workplace safety continued, and President Richard Nixon signed into law on December 29, 1970, the Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act, giving the Federal Government the authority to set and enforce health and safety standards for most of the country’s workers.
5/20/1894 a Tampa, FL firefighter died in the line of duty.
5/20/1940 a Cambridge, MA firefighter died while operating at a cellar fire.
5/20/1967 a Scarborough, Ontario, Canada firefighter died “during fire operations at a basement fire on Lawrence Ave East.”
5/20/1983 a Sunset Whitney Fire Department, CA firefighter collapsed “while fighting a structure fire in the neighboring community of Loomis, and died en route to the hospital.”
5/20/2013 a Dallas, TX firefighter died at the Hearthwood Condominium fire. “Dallas firefighters were dispatched to a report of a fire alarm in the Hearthwood Condominiums at 12363 Abrams Road, at 2:51 a.m. The firefighter and his ladder crew were dispatched to the scene as a part of the fourth alarm at 4:05 a.m. The truck company was assigned to evacuate an adjacent building in the complex and then received orders to conduct a primary search of the ground floor of the fire building. Shortly after beginning the primary search, a portion of the structure collapsed. The collapse trapped him, and he radioed that he was trapped. He was recovered from the rubble following an hour-long process to locate and remove him. He died of mechanical compression of the chest causing asphyxia.”
5/20/1980 a fire in nursing home in Kingston Jamaica, killed 157.