were very difficult and even dangerous for the working class
The working class worked in very unsafe factories. These factories had unprotected machines and very little light to see while working. Women would often get their hair or long skirt caught in machines. Some people would lose a finger to even a leg from the unprotected machines. If somebody got hurt they would usually lose their job and receive no financial compensation for their injury for health care.
Working Conditions Get Better
Workers tried to improve harsh working conditions by protesting against low wages, long hours, unsafe conditions, and being threatened with unemployment. Governments and business owners began to silence protesters but workers began to make progress by mid-century. Workers made self-help groups called mutual-aid societies to help sick or injured workers. Men and women came together in socialist parties or organized unions, which governments could not ignore. Eventually there were better working conditions, wages increased, or other benefits from there employers.