Children in Industrial Revolution
Kids Working By: Lesly Olmos-Martinez
A Day in his Job
Jobs Children Did in Factories
- The thought of using children for working the coal mines was very attractive to mining companies.
- A Victorian child chimney sweep may have been the most dangerous job for children in the 1800s.
- To provide heat they had to burn coal with their bare little hands and smell the smoke that came out of it.
- Many times a child would be told to clean under machines even while they were running.
Stand Up Job
Hours, Food and Working Conditions
* Children sometimes worked up to 19 hours a day, with a one-hour total break.
* Not only were these children subject to long hours, but also they were in horrible conditions.
* Not common for children who worked in factories to work 12-14 hours with the same minimal breaks.
* Children were paid only a fraction of what an adult would get, and sometimes factory owners would get away with paying them nothing.
A Accidents at Work
Accidents that Often Happened
- Many accidents occured injuring or killing children on the job without their bosses not feeling sorry about it.
- Many children could faint and could caught their hands in a unguarded machine.
- In some accidents, your fingers can be chopped off if you weren't careful.
- The combination of dangerous working conditions and long hours meant that children would get hurt a lot.
Do It right
Punishments Children Faced
* The people who the children served would beat them, verbally abuse them, and take no consideration for their safety.
* Both boys and girls who worked in factories were subjects to beatings and other harsh forms of pain infliction.
* An overseer would be tie in heavy weight to worker's neck.
* Boys were sometimes dragged naked from their beds and sent to the factories so the boys wouldn't be late.
People gathering in Protest
Efforts to improve/Stop Child Labor (Groups pposed to/Gov' Action (Laws)
* People began to realize how bad these conditions were in many factories and started to campaign for improvements.
* Factory owners who felt it would slow down the running of their factories.
* Many people also did not like the government interfering in their lives.
* By 1833, the government passed what was to be the first of many acts dealing with working conditions and hours.