Negative Effects Of The Industrial Revolution

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Many repercussions happened as a result of the Industrial Age. Technological advances are most often seen as “good” for society’s progress in being “successful”, but often there are advances that can hinder the lives of the peoples in these societies. During the Industrial Age (1750-1900), there were a plethora of new inventions and technologies that were produced. The revolution was seen around the world and helped many nations with economic growth. The British had a large growth in steam powered energy. With the coal industry boosting, the iron industry soon followed, as it became easier and cheaper to produce the new material of choice for building. The cotton industry also became the “paradigm” for many inventions and growth in the…show more content…
(1) Most laborers worked long and hard for 10 to 14 hours a day, six days a week, with no paid vacation or holidays. These jobs also had serious safety hazards as well. For example, iron working has a serious burn hazard or crushing a body part or in the case of working with machines. Machinery had many large, heavy moving parts, and these parts were often exposed, leaving disaster to strike at any time. A reporter from the time stated that “abandoned from the moment that an accident occurs; their wages are stopped, no medical attendance is provided, and whatever the extent of the injury, no compensation is afforded”. (1) This is vastly different from jobs today; companies are now liable for safety within the work environment. The only breaks that the workers would be given from the dark, hot, dangerous work, were a lunch and dinner break. Factories were usually lit only by sunlight shining through the windows which made the risk of injuries vastly more prevalent. Men, women, and children all worked in these factories, children working just as hard as adults in debatably more dangerous environments. Men usually received 10 cents an hour, women earned three to five cents an hour, and children were paid the roughly the same as women. Children made up two-thirds of Richard Arkwright’s spinning factory in 1789. (1) They were used for unskilled, simple jobs, or for fitting into small places, but often had physical deformations from the lack of exercise and sunlight.
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