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The link between daylight saving time and workplace accidents

On Behalf of | Nov 2, 2020 | Uncategorized

Whether eagerly looking forward to rolling back the clock or wanting things to simply stay the same, most people have some pretty strong feelings regarding daylight saving time. Regardless of one’s feelings, adjusting to the sun suddenly rising at a different time in the morning can be difficult. This struggle is more than just a personal problem, too. Daylight saving time changes can actually contribute to workplace accidents.

Suddenly shifting the clocks by an hour is a lot like giving everyone in North Carolina a bit of jet lag. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, humans are actually pretty fragile creatures who need consistency. A sleep disruption of as little as one hour is enough to have all kinds of negative consequences.

For example, increased heart attacks, car wrecks and workplace accidents have all been linked to daylight saving time changes. After being collectively put off by an hour, people are just not physically or mentally ready to go about the rest of their days. It can be easy to see how an entire workplace of people suffering from the effects of daylight saving time might be at risk for serious injury.

Workplace accidents are not always the result of employer negligence. In some situations, they are simply that — accidents. Recovering from a work accident can be a long hard road though, especially when struggling to pay medical bills while not bringing home a paycheck. This is why it is so important for victims to learn more about getting benefits through North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system.