Child Labor

The workforce of the Industrial Revolution

Jobs of Children in the factories

Children in the factoriesa pf the industrial revolution usually workednlong grueling hours and often toileed for cruel owners, managers, and overseers . They worked in unsafe conditions. One job took lace in a match factory. A match dipper would a child whose job it was to dip the matches in an elemnt called phosphorus, wich is deadly if a person inhales to much of it into there lungs. Indeed, this chemical caused the childrens teeth to rot out and even resulted in the death of somee who inhaled to much. Another factory job involved work at a cotton mill. Mill owners worked them cruelly and hard. There was little or no time for ecxersise, play or fresh air. Mill owners worked them even on sundays. Time for worship did not exist as managment expected thm to spend the day cleaning machinery.

This picture below shows the dangerous work of a child in a glass factory. Wich uses extremely high tempuratures to produce glass.

Hours, Food, and Working Conditions

Children of the industrialrevolution were subject to indure long greulling work days in the factories or mines. Some worked as many as 19 hours and were only given a single one hour break. Some were only fed a small bowl of soup (slop) and a little stale bread, and if the family could afford it a single meal when they returned home. The children often wore either what they could afford or were provided a uniform by the comany. For example the boy coal miners wore a breaker often with the company name or logo on it.

Common Accidents that occured

It was very common for children who worked in the coal mines to have limbs caught in between the cars transporting coal and either have them ripped off or later amputated

Punishments Children Faced

  • Being late to work could result in a child being "weighted". They would have a weight tied to ther neck and be forced to walk up and down the aisels and were to be seen as an example.
  • Harsh Verbal Abuse
  • Beatings
  • Dragged naked from there bed in order to be on time
The image shows a young boy working bare foot in a shellfish plant looking for shell fish to shuck.
Children who worked in the mines often suffered from black lung or other injuries such as loss of a limb or in some cases death.
children who wprked in the cotton mills or textile mills were at constant risk of having a finger chopped off by the machines and the smallest of the children were forced to climb under the machines to get the bobbin these children were called "bobbin Doffers"