Monday, September 28, 2009

Daylight-saving time leads to workplace injuries: study

Switching to daylight-saving time gives workers more daylight hours, but also increases the rate of workplace injury, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology.

As part of the study (.pdf file), researchers from Michigan State University in East Lansing examined NIOSH mine injury data of U.S. miners from 1983 to 2006 and conducted telephone interviews with 41,204 workers sampled from the general public. They found that following such an advance, employees slept 40 fewer minutes, experienced 5.7 percent more workplace injuries and lost 67.7 percent more workdays because of injuries.

Switching back to standard time in the fall showed no significant effects.

Source: National Safety Council

1 comment:

  1. An accident at work is impossible to avoid! If it happens, it happens. It's something you didn't plan and it's an incident you have to live with. There's over 70% of the population working on business premises, if not, it's business transports. So be warned now as accidents never sleep.


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