Industrial revolution: Child Labor
By: Haleigh Brewster
Jobs children did in Factories
-Many would get black lung from being in the mine all day long.
Another job children did in the Industrial Revolution was being Chimney sweeps.
-Some started working as a chimney sweep as young as three years old. They were good for this job due to their small size.
-Often children worked in factories to do jobs that adults could not do. Since children are small, they were able to fit in tight places.
- They would even have to crawl under machines while they were on! (most of the time, they got under machines to repair them.)
Hours, Food and working conditions
- People in the factories would twelve to fourteen hours.
Working conditions were awful. There were little or no safety regulations.
- It was very common for workers to lose body parts or even die on the job.
-They were fed very little, and what they were fed was not good. Most of the time they were given little portions of stale bread.
-They worked six days a week.
Accidents that often happened
-Other times a child may lose a finger or two from getting them caught in a machine.
-Getting aprons caught in machines would cause the person wearing it to get slung into the machine.
-Over half of the people that worked in factories got injured.
Punishments children faced
-Men would stand outside of the factory ready to beat any child who came in late.
-If a child happened to fall behind on there work, they would be yelled at and/or beat.
-Most of the time, the over looker would beat or fire a child that talked back.
Efforts to improve/stop Child Labor
-In 1836 the first state Child Labor Law was passed.
-In 1842 states began limiting children's work days.
-In 1904 the National Child Labor committee formed