Working Conditions

Were Horrible and needed improvement....

Factories


  • Hours:


Workers started their days out on a rigid schedule. Factory schedules were set everyday by the factory whistle. Hours were long and workers had up to 12-16 hour days of hardly any breaks at all. Employees often worked 6-7 days a week.


  • Risks:
Workers got exhausted from all the non-stop work and risk getting in accidents from unsafe machines. Women often got caught in machines and got injuries due to long hair and skirts. if a worker was to get injured they automatically lost their jobs. In textile mills workers were constantly breathing in harmful air filled with lint which destroyed lungs over time.


Coal Mines


  • Hours:
Coal miners worked long days. Long days that including no breaks of up to 12 hour days. Children were the vast majority of workers in coal mines and never received breaks and got very low wages too. Children often worked 7 days a week.
  • Risks:
Workers were always in danger of collapsing tunnels, explosives, and poisonous gases. They were also running the risk of coal dust which destroyed their lungs and tunnels being flooded and drowning. Miners also had the risk of being ran over by coal carts they also climbed ladders carrying heavy baskets of coal. Working in the dark all day also ran many risk including falling in front of carts and getting ran over.