Daylight Saving Time Change Could Impact Workplace Safety

by Cesar Perez on 03/30/2013

On March 13, millions of people in Texas and across the United States set their alarm clocks forward one hour, as part of the daylight saving time change that went into effect at 2 AM on that day.  This is a yearly ritual that people in Texas are familiar with, but work injury lawyers, are aware that such a change could mean that workers are getting one hour less sleep, and could therefore be reporting to work in a tired condition.  That automatically translates into a much higher risk of work injuries.

Those findings are corroborated by new research that claims that the loss of sleep as a result of daylight saving time change could affect the rate of work accidents and injuries.  There have been other studies in the past that have also pointed to a link between daylight saving time change and a higher risk of work accidents and injuries. 

For instance, a 2009 study found that when a worker loses just one hour of sleep per day, it can have potentially dangerous consequences, especially for workers in very dangerous work environments.  The study used data from the United States Department of Labor and Mine Safety and Health Administration and found that when American workers got about 40 minutes less sleep, there was a 5.7% spike in the rate of workplace injuries.  Worker fatigue is an underestimated cause of workplace accidents and injuries around Texas every year.

Texas work injury lawyers would be especially concerned about the rate of this sleep loss on workers in the manufacturing sector, the construction industry and the oil and gas drilling industry, and other sectors in which constant alertness is vital to safety.

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