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Workplace Injuries Spike After Daylight Saving Time Change

One study shows a correlation between a missed hour of sleep and a spike in job site injuries.

Tue March 10, 2015 - National Edition
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The Society for Human Resource Management is reporting that Research has shown that the hour of lost sleep Employers should be aware of the potential effects on safety caused by the loss of sleep brought on by the daylight saving time change Mar. 8, 2015 be related to an increase in job-related injuries in the days following the time change.

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, 2015, most people across the United States set their clocks forward one hour to start daylight saving time (DST), so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically, clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn.

The National Sleep Foundation states that it will take most people a few days to adjust to the loss of sleep. According to a 2009 study published by the Journal of Applied Psychology, losing just an hour of sleep could pose dangerous consequences for those in hazardous work environments.

Using U.S. Department of Labor and Mine Safety and Health Administration injury data from 1983-2006, the study found that compared with other days, more injuries happened on the Monday after daylight saving time went into effect and the injuries were more severe. The DST switch resulted in U.S. workers getting 40 minutes less sleep, a 5.7 percent increase in workplace injuries and nearly 68 percent more workdays lost to injuries.

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