Can Daylight Savings Increase Workplace Injuries?

The Society for Human Resource Management published an article on the effects of daylight savings as a cause for workplace accidents. Research in the Journal of Applied Psychology shows that this loss of one hour can increase the number of workplace injuries across the nation.
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The U.S. Department of Labor can confirm this with statistics that show that more injuries happen on the Monday after daylight savings than on an average Monday. The loss of an hour sleep saw a 5.7 percent increase in injuries at the workplace.

The National Sleep Foundation adds that it can take several days to get used to the time change. Jobs that require more attention to detail than most are especially affected by the lost hour of sleep.

The extra hour gained later in the year does not seem to affect workplace safety.

Have You Been Injured on the Job in Lafayette?

An injury is an injury regardless if it was caused by daylight savings time or not. If you have been hurt on the job, then you have right to workers’ compensation. Robert M. Martina is our workers’ compensation attorney and he will use his experience to help you with a wide range of workers’ comp issues, such as improper claim handling, wage loss benefits, medical benefits and additional coverage outside of workers’ compensation.

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[Did You Know? Experts advise businesses to start work later to make up for the lost hour of sleep after daylight savings.]

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