Conditions during the Industrial Revolution

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Conditions during the Industrial Revolution

Post  Mira W. on Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:05 pm

Today, as people go about their daily activities, it is common knowledge that people have basic human rights. Safety is guaranteed; if someone is injured during their job, the company is obliged to pay the work. People dying during work is unheard of, unless their chosen careers include being in dangerous situations. Students attend school for eight hours a day, and aren't forced to work. Gender equality is present in most countries today; men and women get payed fairly. All these seem to be very basic aspects of our lives (in developed countries), but for those living during the Industrial Revolution, such an environment would only be a dream.

As the popularity of machinery grew, factory owners were racking in unimaginable amounts of money, and humanity's greediness made a new appearance. A new mindset was soon adapted, based on one main goal: profit. Unfortunately, this meant cuts on safety procedures, payment for the workers, and even child labor. The conditions in factories soon became brutally dangerous, threatening the lives of thousands -- yet workers were payed next to nothing, for as the factory owners put it, "They were lucky to have jobs in the first place." Gender discrimination came into place when women were payed less than half of a man's salary for the same job.

New rules were set in place, some harsher than others. For example, workers would be fined for whistling, or looking out a window. Children were required to work at least twelve hours a day with hardly an breaks, mining in narrow tunnels or maneuvering around dangerous machines that adults were too big to fit around. For adults, working sixteen hours each day was considered the norm. There weren't any laws banning child labor, protecting human rights, or enforcing the use of safety equipment. Textile factories didn't have good ventilation, therefore little particles of cloth would be contaminating the air and breathed in by the workers. This caused their lungs to deteriorate, leading to a disease known as, "White Lung Disease." Factories also had dim lights, so their eyesight worsened. Having such physical conditions - fatigue, inability to breathe or see properly - endangered workers further for they were more likely to make a mistake, resulting in an increasing number of injuries, and death.

Tens of thousands of lives were lost because factory owners couldn't care enough about their workers' safety to invest in their protection.


Children as young as three were coerced to work. This also lead to thousands upon thousands of uneducated and physically disabled children. Luckily, in 1833, children under nine were banned for working. By 1847, women and children could only work a maximum of 10 hours a day. Eventually, we were able to develop into the society and system we are today.
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The Conditions of Working in a Factory During the Industrial Revolution

Post  Joshua T on Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:27 pm

The conditions of working in these factories were terrible. They worked 12-14 hours a day and got payed at most 50 cents a day. Kids were taken advantage of.

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Re: Conditions during the Industrial Revolution

Post  Romane D. on Sun Mar 01, 2015 5:40 pm

Joshua you are right, they worked in such horrible conditions for really long hours. Not only that, but with the small amount of money that they are payed with, they could only buy things in the same factory that they worked in. They were taken advantage in that way because the money that the owners would pay them with were brought back to the factory because the people could only by from them. People could only live based on the amount of money they received per day, it was very hard for them to even be able to save any. It was horrible and it is still happening in many countries in the world. Great topic mira.
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