As good as the times were for the rich and upper class, the lower class had to pay the consequences. They were the people who had to work the long hard hours in the factories. Their bosses were usually either the middle class or the upper class men. Most factory workers were worked like farm animals. They were treated cruelly and worked almost to death. If they got injured they would have to keep working until the job was done and if it was too bad they were just replaced and not even missed. Lots of times their was younger girls working in the factories along with the women.
The mines, however, were a much worse place to work. The children here had to do the jobs that the older people couldn't (or just wouldn't) do such as running the carts up and down the tracks. Most of times all the kids wore (girls and boys) were trousers and no shirts. The children didn't get to stop and if you fell, you most likely died because the cart would roll back down and run you over. The mines were also dark and hard on your health. Lack of light caused people to go blind and other problems caused other health issues.