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Report of Martha Appleton's Accident, 1859

REPORT OF ACCIDENT - To Robert Baker, Esq., Inspector of Factories.

Name, Age, and Occupation of Person injured: Martha Appleton, At 13, a Scavenger

Name of Firm, situation of the Factory in which the Accident occurred, and nature of the work carried on: Messrs. William Woods & Son Coll sp & w, Wallgate, Wigan

Date of Accident: Monday Augst. 8th 1859

Nature of Accident: Loss of all the fingers of the left hand

Statement made to me by the injured person as to the cause of Accident, the hour of the day when it happened, and how that person was employed at the time: About 6.45 a.m. on Monday last I was at the back of the wheel house putting some bobbins in, when a giddiness came over me, and my hand slipped between the driving and the man douser wheels of the self acting Mules.

Report of Martha Appleton's Accident. Rep. N.p.: n.p., 1859. UK National Archives. Web. 4 Apr. 2016. Catalogue reference: HO 45/6753

The report above reveals


a total absence of any bureaucratic office charged with the responsibility of reporting on injuries to child factory workers.


the terrible dangers and possible bodily harm that children and young adolescents faced when laboring in English factories.


just how quickly families with children injured in factories were able to climb the socio-economic ladder by winning lawsuit damages.


the deplorable state of education available to child laborers during the Second Industrial Revolution, 1870-1914.

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