Whilst the threat of accidents at work is virtually ever-present in many walks of life, particularly in certain industries where things like construction site accidents can have devastating and far-reaching consequences, the modern age is a paradise of safety and security when compared with historical eras.
What were the most common causes of accidents at work in the Tudors’ times?
During the Tudors’ era, the vast majority of jobs were based in agriculture. If you were poor, your options of employment were essentially a servant in the houses of the rich or something like a shepherd.
It’s therefore, little surprise to learn that faulty tools were the cause of a number of injuries at work.
The technology was a far cry from what workers can enjoy today and a far greater emphasis was placed on manual labour. Employers were far less forgiving of complaints, and safety at work rarely, if ever, crossed the mind.
Add into this the fact that many people went into work at a very young age and you have a recipe for disaster. The most common causes of accidents at work during the Tudors’ era included:
– Falling from a horse
– Accidents with agricultural vehicles such as being crushed by a cart.
– Cart accidents when loading and unloading harvest
– Complications with wind and water mills
– Falling from trees when gathering fruit
What were the consequences of workplace injuries for Tudors?
Problems were exacerbated by the lack of medical knowledge and capability we enjoy today. The vast majority of accidents occurred in the summer time when the agricultural workload peaked and many of these incidents resulted in fatalities.
Some of the more bizarre cases included workers falling asleep and being suffocated by falling piles of hay.
This was far from a case of people having scant regard for human life. In fact, Tudor farming handbooks explicitly warned workers to take care when climbing trees.
This guides represent the early stages of health and safety at work and these days comprehensive guides can be found in all working environments throughout the country.
What can I do if I suffer an injury at work?
The first step is to ask yourself the following three questions:
- Was the accident in the last three years?
- Did my injuries require medical attention?
- Was it someone else’s fault?
If the answers are yes, get on to Accident Advice Helpline.