By: Christian Fussell
children working in factories
Hours, Food and Working conditions
- Working hours were long, Sometimes 12-19 hour days. And if you were lucky you would get one 1 hour break a day.
- Horrible conditions, large and heavy dangerous equipment was very common for children to be using or working with and near.
- Here fodd was a priviage NOT a right. They got 1 meals a day usualy cold unhealthy food they found in the trash
Jobs children did in factories
Fixing machine parts
-The kids would be sent to fix the parts of the huge, dangerous machines that are 10x there size.
Picking up loose cotton
-Some children spent all day bent over looking at the ground picking up the loose cotton off the ground.
Replacing the thread
-Many of the young kids spent all day restringing all the thread in the machines.
Accidents that often Happened
- Martha was 9, her job was to fix the machines if the jammed or broke. She reached down to fix a part when her hand got caught in the working part of the machine. All of he fingers were severed and she was fired because she couldn't work efficiently.
- Nicholas was 7, he died at age 16. He started working in the factories when he was 4, he died of lung cancer because of constantly inhaling chemicals.
- James was 10, he was "hunched baked" by the time he was 13. He had major skeletal problems by the time he was an adult
Punisments children faced
- If the children didn't work fast enough or took unauthorized breaks they would get "taught a lesson".
- If any child heard whistling it would cost 1 shilling out of the child's pay.
- If a child is found late to work it would cost 3 shillings of his/her pay.
Efforts made to stop child labor
- Children the age of 9-13 could work in the factories, and could only work 8 hours.
- Children the age of 14-18 could work in the factories, and could only work 12 hours.
- And children under the age of 9 weren't allowed to work period.
- They were to attend school and get an education.