Assessment – “Factory Conditions during the Industrial Revolution were always bad”
The Industrial Revolution was a period from the 18th to the 19th century where the transformation from an agricultural to an industrial nation took place. Industrialisation led to the creation of the factory. A factory is an industrial building where workers manufacture goods or supervise machines processing one product into another. Many people had different aspects to the statement “Factory Conditions during the Industrial Revolution were always bad.” Some people would agree with this statement however, some people would disagree with this statement.
Majority of the people would agree with this statement because most of the time factories conditions were grim. There were no health and safety rules and regulations, the stench in the factory or mill made many children and workers sick, the rooms were hot, humid and unsanitary, with air full of cotton dust. Source A shows women workers in a cycle factory in Coventry in the 1890s. The man on the left is the supervisor. None of the machines have safety guards. Source B shows an inspection of a nail factory, 1864 where there is ‘sheer carelessness with safety and constant danger of losing a finger.’
Cotton dust got into your lungs and over time you develop a disease called emphysema. Children that crawled underneath the machines would of return with fingers missing or in some cases they would never return. The children were often mistreated and beaten by overseers, two handles of a pound weights screwed to their ears, three of four children were tied or hung on a cross-beam above the machinery, hanging by their hands, and they were often whipped by foot and a half long straps. Many children were tied up to a 28 pound weight to hang down their backs. If a loose thread on your clothes or apron got stuck in the machines, it would suck you in and be spun around and forced between the shaft and the carding engine and have a painful...