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Daylight savings shift leads to increase in workplace accidents

A lawmaker from Michigan thinks it's time to do away with daylight savings time. His reasoning? Among other things, he claims that the switch to and from daylight savings creates many workplace safety hazards. The facts are on his side, the man says. According to his research, the time change is not healthy or productive for anyone.

The reasoning is fairly simple. Humans have internal biological clocks that respond poorly when they are changed abruptly. Twice each year, most Americans have their internal clocks shocked, leading to a notable increase in health affects ranging from heart attacks to miscarriages. Even more concerning, the abrupt loss of an hour in March usually results in a sharp increase in workplace accidents in the days after the change.

The lawmaker's experience as a lawyer consulting with insurance companies apparently bears this danger out in very practical ways. In his experience, each March would see a sharp bump in injury claims, due to drowsy people operating heavy machinery or driving vehicles. Unfortunately, these incidents tend to be the most dangerous for those who work in environments that require careful attention to avoid sever injury. A workplace that is already prone to danger is significantly more likely to experience serious injuries after the March daylight savings shift.

If you have a job that involves heavy or dangerous machinery, hopefully you were able to stay safe this last week. However, if you are like many people throughout the country who suffered in a workplace accident this week, you deserve to have your experience professionally evaluated. With proper legal guidance, you can examine the nuances of the incident and ensure that your rights remain protected while you pursue just, fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

Source: USA Today, "Michigan lawmaker hates time change, says let's end it," Bill Laitner, March 11, 2017

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