11 Creepy Facts About Victorian Era Factory Workers Which Will Make You Love Your Present Job

11 Creepy Facts About Victorian Era Factory Workers Which Will Make You Love Your Present Job
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Victorian factory workers faced a very hard time; they had to work for almost 12 hours daily with only one day off in a week. Factory conditions were also not vital, they had to carry out a tremendous amount of work at low wages in smoke and loud machine sound surroundings. They often got ill due to this smoke and no care was taken of them.

 

Working in a factory was a great horror in the Victorian era, but with industrial revolution, factory conditions went under a drastic change within a few years. Now we can work with less difficulty in big factories. We must be glad that we are born in an era where technology is pretty safe and advanced. Here is a list of creepy things the Victorian era workers faced hundreds of years ago.

1) Child labor was often preferred since Factory owners often paid children a small fraction of the wages they paid to grown men and women.

1) Child labor was often preferred since Factory owners often paid children a small fraction of the wages they paid to grown men and women.

Children were paid only 10 to 20 percent of the already low adult wage.

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2) Industrial workers were paid only 10 cents per hour, which sums up to about $8 to $10 a week on working for 10 hours in a day.

2) Industrial workers were paid only 10 cents per hour, which sums up to about $8 to $10 a week on working for 10 hours in a day.
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3) Workers were allowed to take break only at the time of lunch or dinner.

3) Workers were allowed to take break only at the time of lunch or dinner.
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4) Phossy jaw was common disease caused by working with Phosphorus. It lead to bizarre swelling of the gums.

4) Phossy jaw was common disease caused by working with Phosphorus. It lead to bizarre swelling of the gums.
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5) Workers lived in shantytowns made up of crude shacks where eight to ten workers would share a room with no furniture or toilets.

5) Workers lived in shantytowns made up of crude shacks where eight to ten workers would share a room with no furniture or toilets.
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It was terrible and dirty!

6) Factories were not lighted and smoke from machine often left the workers covered in soot.

6) Factories were not lighted and smoke from machine often left the workers covered in soot.
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7) Workers usually suffered from malnutrition whereas child laborers died before the age of 25 due to mechanical accidents, explosions and lung cancer.

7) Workers usually suffered from malnutrition whereas child laborers died before the age of 25 due to mechanical accidents, explosions and lung cancer.
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8) Children were often beaten and were made to work for long hours.

8) Children were often beaten and were made to work for long hours.
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They were made to work from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.

9) Workhouses sold kids as slaves where they had to work for no wage.

9) Workhouses sold kids as slaves where they had to work for no wage.
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Such children were just given a lodging to stay.

10) England population doubled in between 1801 and 1850 from 8.3 million to 16.8 million.

10) England population doubled in between 1801 and 1850 from 8.3 million to 16.8 million.
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11) Life expectancy of Victorian age factory workers was around 35 to 40 years.

11) Life expectancy of Victorian age factory workers was around 35 to 40 years.
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