"Obviously at work there is a lot of open windows everywhere so it does
get very cold so we've got a few fires lying around everywhere so you
can stop and warm up a bit."
used to go home and his dad used to get him under the lamp right, and
pick these marks off his eye after the days work sort of thing. I
tell you what Ron, you often see a mirror in a grinding hull. It's not
for cosmetic reasons it’s to have a look to see what's in your eyes. I
mean some of them were good at getting them off but I’d preferred that
then going to the hospital."
"I talked to both owners and workers about the conditions and dangers
they face at work. I found that grinders are liable to frequent pain
and sometimes serious injury or loss of eyesight from the mites or
sharp particles of hot steel, which fly into their eyes when grinding.
Some wear glasses but I did not notice many so protected. A fellow
worker takes the mites out with a lancet or a sharp pin.
- Which is the right image for each time period?
- What was one of the dangers for steel workers in Victorian times?
- How was protection used to prevent loss of eyesight in Victorian times?
Which time period do you think has the best conditions for workers?
Grinder in a 1950's workshop
Victorian steel workers teeming steel
A young Sheffield steel worker next to a fire.