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A change in time means greater injuries at the workplace

March is the month where things start to warm up, the birds begin to chirp, and of course, daylight saving time kicks in. This month, you probably were plagued with fatigue after the official “spring forward” in time. Yes, many American’s lost an hour.

Sure, the extra hour of bright sun in the evening is enjoyable. After all, it beats going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark. However, while an hour may seem trivial, it can have noteworthy effects on the human body.

For example, a recent study detailed in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests that one hour of sleep deprivation is linked to increased injuries – especially at the workplace. This is probably the result of tired, unaware workers.

Researchers associated with the study analyzed mining injury reports documented with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health between the years 1983 and 2006. According to the study, in comparison to other days of the year, more injuries occur on the first business day (Monday) after daylight saving time goes into effect.

In fact, the survey found that individuals tend to sleep an average of 40 minutes less the day after the official time transition. The good news is that on the days after the “fall back” switch, when we Americans are restored with that lost hour, there is no documentation of increased injury rates.

As a result, the recent time change (which you are probably now adjusted to) is a great reminder of the importance of getting your rest at night. Being foggy on the road or at the workplace can cause accidents, some of which result in egregious harm.

Workplace accidents

Whether your workplace accident was the result of a sleepless night or simple safety issues, it is important to assess your recovery rights, if harmed. For example, those injured on a worksite may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Workers’ compensation provides those injured at the workplace with a few important services. The system helps make certain that an injured employee’s medical needs are met and the worker’s wages are paid, despite the injury or time away from work.

Unfortunately, while many workers are entitled to this benefit, some miss out on their opportunity to receive recovery. If you have been injured on the job and would like to learn more about the system, take the time to speak with a local attorney about your accident.