The Industrial Revolution
While there were some positive aspects to the industrial revolution, most of the aspects were negative due to child labor, long hours of work, poor sanitation, and small working and living areas. Even though the industrial revolution only occurred from 1780 to the mid 1800s, there were still many flaws that occurred during the time period. Technological advancements were occurring during this period, but the working conditions were poor. The poor conditions were main faults because of the various injuries that harmed many people, especially children. There were many flaws to the industrial revolution, but the worst flaw was child labor.
Nowadays, child labor laws are very strict, but during the industrial revolution, child labor laws did not even exist. As a result, there were few to no protections concerning the children of the time. To begin, children had to work for extremely long hours with very little sleep. Children who worked in factories, as fork grinders, had many serious accidents. For one, these children were only of age eight or older. This was very dangerous because they would not have the sense to get out of the way if a stone or object flew out at them. Another concern was the amount of dust in the air. This caused many lung problems which led to “grinder’s complaint, a bodily ailment or disease,” (Children’s commission report). Even with lungs of steel, a child would still suffer in this kind of working environment.
Injuries were a result of harsh working conditions. One of these dreadful working environments existed in the pits of Charlesworth. Children worked in knee high water and would suffer from the freezing cold. There was no fire or furnace to keep them warm. In response to this, children usually got headaches, colds, coughs, nose bleeds, and sore throats. Furthermore, working hours were very dreadful as well. Children would usually go down to the pits at six in the morning and would not...
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