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Is working third shift more dangerous than other shifts?

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2018 | Firm News, Workers' Compensation |

If you have ever had a job in Missouri where you worked third shift, then you probably know how difficult it can be. The world, in general, runs on first shift hours with people awake and busy during the day and asleep at night. It can be tough when you are operating on opposite hours. In fact, it may actually be dangerous for you to work third shift.

EMS1.com explains that shift work takes its toll on the body because it is not natural. Your body wants to be awake with the daylight and sleep when the sun sets. You are working against your natural body rhythms when you work the night shift. You may have interrupted sleep cycles or not be able to get sufficient enough sleep.

Not getting enough sleep and working against your body’s natural inclinations may also hurt your health. It could lead to more diseases, a lowered immune system and even weight gain. It also means you are not as aware and your reactions may be slowed, which could lead to increased accidents at work. Studies do show that shift workers have more accidents and a higher chance of being injured on the job than other workers.

Suggestions to make shift work easier when it cannot be avoided include rotating shifts where you would work all three shifts on a rotating schedule so you are not stuck on the late shift all the time. Allowing longer periods off between shifts may also be helpful. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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