Comparing And Contrasting Farm And Factory Jobs

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Working on a farm or in a factory has both similarities and differences, but moving from a rural to a city job could be quite difficult. Farm and factory jobs are similar because they are dangerous and require intense physical labor. Both the farm and factory jobs have daily hazards. In 2009, farming continues to be the most dangerous job in the United States, due to the constant risk of animal stampedes or agricultural machinery accidents. In factories, like Grede Foundries, ear and eye protection against deafening crashes and flying sparks is required, as well as having all skin covered to prevent from hot metal burns. However, the most noticeable similarity is the amount of physical labor needed in both Wauwatosa and Elkhorn workplaces to produce the goods sold. One example of this in history is five year old Salvin from Brown’s Mills, New Jersey. In 1910, this young boy labored in the fields, becoming weak from lugging two pecks of cranberries at a time in extreme heat. Similar physical labor is demanded of factory workers in United States history, causing numerous health problems (such as dehydration, chronic muscular pain, and hunched backs from heavy loads).
Similarities aside, apparent differences between farm and factory jobs include the work location, the typical work hours, as well as the environmental focus on machinery or nature. At Krusen Grass Farms in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, almost all of the work is done outdoors, with the exception of making hay, milking, and pasteurizing. On the contrary, in Wauwatosa at Grede Foundries, all work is completed indoors. Beside work location differences, the typical work hours between farms and factories vary. In 2009, almost all farm owners (like Altfrid Krusenbaum) work seventy to eighty hours per week, year round. On the other end of the spectrum, factory laborers, at Grede Foundries, work forty hours per week and have off two or three days weekly. The final notable difference is the overall focus on nature or machinery; the simple, natural, wholesome farm life contrasts with the technical and mechanical...

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