By: Gabrielle Orman
Jobs Children Did In The Factories
- Children were given the dirtiest jobs of all.
- Many children worked in the mines with lack of proper ventilation, coal dust was very thick in the air respiratory problems could be common
- Fixing broken thread while the machine was running.
- Picking up lose cotton on the floor around the factory.
Accidents often Happen
- Falling was a major concern for children chimney sweeps also getting stuck in the narrow chimneys
- Children lossing fingers or even hands fixing machines in the factories
- Some childrens arms got caught in the machines
- The adults didnt make sure the children were safe while working so accidents happened very often in the factories or mines
Punishments children Faced
- Children were beaten of fined for falling asleep, making a mistake or being late
- Often owners would punish children by making the wear a weight around there neck and walk up and down the factory this would cause back and neck injuries
- The children not old enough to work the machines would assist textile workers and they would often beat the children
- Sometimes if they were herd whistling they would have to give them one shilling
Efforts to improve/stop child labor
- It wasn’t until people like Lord Shaftesbury and Thomas Angnew took action that true change took place.
- In 1833 the Factory act was passed it limited hours they could work and how old children could be to work
- In 1836 in Massachusetts requires working children under 15 to have to go to school 3 months out of the year
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (SPCC) was created in 1891.