The Dangers of the Industrial Revolution, Emily Caywood, Hour 4.
Working today is usually quite safe. The government now has made laws saying that employers have to look after the workforce and provide safety equipment and other things for them. At the start of the Industrial Revolution none of these laws existed and so working in a factory could prove to be very dangerous. Things like cotton trade were particularly hard for workers do to long hours of work. The nature of the work being done meant that the workplace had to be very hot, steam engines contributing further to the heat in this and other industries. Machinery was not always or never fenced off and workers would be near the moving parts of the machines while they still worked. Children were often employed to move between these dangerous machines as they were small enough to fit between tightly packed machinery. This led to them being placed in a great deal of danger and mortality (death rates) were quite high in factories. And since the workers and kids could have up to 12 or more hours of work, they could be very sleepy and not thinking correctly leading to them getting a body part torn off or even death.