The early 1800s saw great changes in people’s working lives, people moved away from earning their living in farming and towards industrial work. This period is commonly known as the Industrial Revolution. It was usual for children from poor families to start work very young.
Many industries grew quickly as owners of businesses and factories pushed their work force to improve their profits so that the business could continue to expand. This added to dangers in the workplace, but some industries were already very risky. This was especially true in the case of coal mining. For further information open the pdf. provided below provided by the National Coal Mining Museum:
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