Sleep deprivation and workplace accidents

Accidents in the workplace happen for many reasons. Sometimes, these accidents are out of a worker’s control, while other accidents take place due to factors that could have been prevented, from intoxication to carelessness. Our law firm knows that the risk of accidents can be especially high in certain fields, such as those which may leave an employee fatigued or deprived of sleep. For example, working graveyard shifts could interfere with a worker’s sleep schedule, increasing the chances of something going wrong.

There are many ways in which sleep deprivation can lead to an accident. For example, a worker who is overly tired may have a harder time concentrating and could be more likely to make a mistake or react to a hazard quickly, such as failing to avoid falling debris. For those who are hurt on the job, the consequences of a work accident can create a whirlwind of challenges. For some, life may never be the same, while others are able to move forward after a lengthy recovery. Following an accident, those injured should try to utilize any resources they can, such as workers’ compensation.

Successfully applying for workers’ comp can turn life around in many ways for a worker who was hurt while performing job duties. However, it is very important to take every precautionary measure possible to avoid an accident from occurring in the first place. On the following link, you will be taken to our workers’ compensation page, which offers more on accidents in the workplace.

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