Working Conditions of the Industrial Revolution
By: Celestine Amevinya
Industries such as cotton and textile were difficult for factory workers, they had to endure long hours of labor. Conditions were usually hot, and at times steam engines that came added more heat to the factory. Safety precautions were not taken for workers, the machines used were not fenced which resulted in fatal hazards to any part of the workers body. Children were often employed to navigate themselves between the moving machinery. Hours were long, most worked 12 hours or more day, leading to sluggish workers. This could cause death because the worker is not cautious of their surroundings due to exhaustion.
In the 1799-1800, the British Parliament passed the "Combination Act," which granted workers the opportunity to unionize and ask as a group for better working conditions. Even though the worker's requests may not be granted, it was the start of safer working environments in factories.
- 6 days a week at least
- 12 hours at minimum
- Many children worked in factories
- Many diseases were caught, such as lung diseases.
- Large equipments