And lets not forget the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire which claimed the lives of 146 young immigrant workers, trapped behind locked fire escapes.
Lessons for all time?
Apparently not for Winn-Dixie supermarkets.
OSHA has cited a Mobile, Alabama, Winn Dixie store and proposed $74,000 in penalties for locking in night-shift employees with no means of exiting the building.
OSHA issued one alleged willful citation to the company, with a proposed penalty of $55,000, for failing to provide night-shift employees with an emergency exit. During a two-week period in January, three emergency exit doors were chained, locked, or barred with a steel rod. Employees were left without keys, tools or information on how to exit the building.Not only couldn't employees exit the building, but "Medical assistance was delayed to an employee at this store because all exits and entrances were either locked or blocked," according to Ken Atha, OSHA's Mobile area director.
A willful citation is issued when an employer has shown intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and regulations.
The agency issued one alleged repeat citation, with a proposed penalty of $12,500, for failing to keep exit routes unobstructed by material or equipment.
Wal-Mart has also been accused of locking workers in their stores at night in "an effort to keep the employees safe and keep the merchandize secure."