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Workplace Accidents Can Increase Following Change to Daylight Savings Time

Posted on: March 25th, 2011 by Romanucci & Blandin

We at Romanucci & Blandin know from our many years of working on cases that involve construction site accidents that management often fails to take adequate steps to prevent injuries. A new study suggests that employers should consider the hazards involved when we switch to daylight savings time. Its drawbacks to workers may not have not been given enough attention.

According to a study by Christopher M. Barnes and David T. Wagner of Michigan State University, an increase in the number of job related injuries on Mondays directly following the switch to Daylight Saving Time, can affect sleep patterns and activity cycles.

On the Monday following the switch, when workers lose an average of 40 minutes sleep, they sustain more workplace injuries and suffer ones that are of greater severity. Interestingly, on Mondays following the shift to Standard Time, no significant loss of sleep or considerable increase in the number or severity of work related injuries were found.

The researchers suggest that in manufacturing jobs or on construction sites, for example, management schedule the more dangerous tasks during the later part of the week when the workers have already adapted to the time change.

For more information about the Christopher M. Barnes and David T. Wagner’s study, visit

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