The closing bell had rung at 4:45, which meant to put away their things and pack up to go home. The happiness of the women quickly turned into screams of terror and panic as the women on the eighth floor began to look for an escape from the fire. While the 180 women on the eighth floor were looking for an escape, the 250 workers on the ninth floor had already started jumping out of windows. The fire killed 146 out of 500 employees of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. The Triangle Fire was the second deadliest disaster in New York City until the
On March 25, 1911, 146 people died at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City. 6 of them were never identified. Many of those dead died from jumping out of the windows fleeing the fire; jumping seemed better than being burned alive. A woeful lack of fire inspections, fire safety equipment, locked doors, rescue ladders too short to reach upper floors, and other flagrant miscalculations led to the deaths. Unions, still in their infancy, had been striving for better pay & shorter hours, but often, far down the line on their lists of demands was safety.
(i) Description of Disasters: Hurricane Katrina is said to have been the most costly and deadliest hurricanes in U.S history, resulting in $81.2 billion dollars in damage and 1836 casualties6. The hurricane made landfall in New Orleans in the early morning of August 29th, 2005 as a Category 3 or 4 storm. The heavy rains that were produced as the hurricane moved inland, along with the poorly designed levees, caused all 56 levees in New Orleans to fail, resulting in freshwater flooding of 80% of the city15. Hurricane Katrina devastated an area over 160 km from the storm’s eye, which included parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and most importantly, Louisiana6. It originally formed off the Bahamas, on August 23rd, as a Tropical Depression and strengthened to a Category 1 storm once it made landfall in Florida on August 25th.
Forty or fifty tradesmen, decently dressed, preceded; and some thousands of the mob followed down King street to Oliver's dock, near which Mr. Oliver had lately erected a building, which, it was conjectured, he designed for a stamp office. This was laid flat to the ground in a few minutes. From thence the mob proceeded for Fort Hill, but Mr. Oliver's house being in the way, they endeavored to force themselves into it, and being opposed, broke the windows, beat down the doors, entered, and destroyed part of his furniture, and continued in riot until midnight, before they separated. .. Several of the council gave it as their opinion, Mr. Oliver being present, that the people, not only of the town of Boston, but of the country in general, would never submit to the execution of the stamp act, let the consequence of an opposition to it be what it would. It was also reported, that the people of Connecticut had threatened to hang their distributor on the first tree after he entered the colony; and that, to avoid it, he had turned aside to Rhode-Island.
Versailles Rail Accident and Metal Fatigue By H. Wendell Urquhart Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Abstract On May 8, 1842 the Versailles rail accident occurred in the cutting at Meudon Bellevue (between Versailles and Paris), France. After the celebrations of the King's fete at the Palace of Versailles, a passenger train returning to Paris crashed at Meudon after the lead locomotive broke an axle. The carriages behind amassed into the wrecked engines and caught fire. At least 55 passengers were killed, including the famous explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville. This accident is known in France as the "Catastrophe ferroviaire de Meudon".
Rosepark Care Home Fire deaths avoidable There were fourteen deaths in the Rosepark care home in 2004; it was found there weren’t any up to date or proper risk assessments in place. If they had put this in place the deaths wouldn’t have happened. It started by an earth fault at the back of an electrical distribution box in a storage cupboard. It was found that there was no risk assessments done and the staff and residents had no means of escape and no evacuation training. There was clearly a list of mistakes made, the storage cupboard should have been securely closed and to have been fitted with a fire door also nothing combustible in the room, there also was not enough clear information on the fire panel.
It was an important event because so many people died when the ship sank, partly because of the lack of lifeboats, after the sinking no ship was allowed to set sail unless there were enough lifeboats for everyone on the ship. It was called one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters. I think that the titanic is still talked about because it’s a technological story, where everything seemed to be right with the ship then things went not only wrong, but so horribly wrong, so quickly that it captured people’s imagination at the time.
During the attack, many of the emergency systems were outdated and officers had not been alerted or updated on the status of the emergency. The firefighters at the Pentagon were not warned to evacuate because the systems were not loud enough and did not work well enough. The result of outdated equipment was the loss of many heroes. Miscommunication was another reason many lives were lost on September 11 (S. Freitas, 2010). Each agency has their individual system of communication.
The British passenger liner sank in the Atlantic Ocean April 15, 1912 in the early hours of the morning. This disaster is considered to be one of the deadliest peacetime events, with more than 1,500 people dead (“RMS Titanic”). Among these passengers were some of the wealthiest people in the world as well as emigrants looking to start a life in North America. The launch ticket, which can be seen in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, right outside of Belfast, belonged to a man named David Moneypenny. David Moneypenny was a shipyard painter for Harland and Wolff, and he had also worked on the RMS Titanic (Titanic Launch Ticket).
The eruption was fatal, it left the city of Pompeii covered in pumice stone and volcanic ash, at a height of 29 meters. The destruction of the city was not all, the eruption left some poisonous gases and dust, this is what we believe Naval commander Pliney passed away. When it erupted it took the city by surprise, nobody was expecting such an enormous disaster. But the reason so many people died was because the city had no emergency plan no escape routs. There were no rescue teams and nothing that could help them predict what would happen.