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Overtime Hours Can Lead to Accidents

Published in Workers Compensation on January 21, 2020.

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Most of us work about 40 hours a week for a reason – because it’s safer and more productive to do so. Putting in lots of overtime can lead to dangerous accidents on the job. If you’re expected to put in extra hours at work, it’s important to recognize that it can be more harmful than it is beneficial. If you’ve been injured on the job, consult with an experienced Macon workers’ compensation attorney today.

Long Work Hours

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) shares the dangers associated with long work hours and extended shifts, and it’s not pretty. In fact, they’ve determined that long hours on the job and/or extended shifts can be physically, emotionally, and mentally challenging. Demanding work schedules can contribute to workplace accidents in a variety of ways that include:

  • Increased fatigue
  • Increased stress
  • Decreased powers of concentration

Greater Risk of Accidents on the Job

You know how you feel when you’re attempting to get something done while you’re overly tired, so it probably comes as no surprise that fatigue is one of the primary causes of workplace accidents. Working excessive overtime hours can obviously lead to fatigue, and as such, putting in overtime leaves you at greater risk of being injured on the job. While you may be enticed by overtime pay, it’s important to consider the hidden costs of working overtime. Further, if you are injured on the job, you will likely face considerable financial consequences. 

An Increase in Health Issues

Not only does racking up extra hours at work leave you at greater risk of being injured in a workplace accident but it also leaves you at greater risk of developing a health issue. Employees who put in additional hours on the job are more susceptible to:

  • Sustaining back injuries in the course of their work
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Having mental health issues (including excessive drinking)

Putting in extra work hours can obviously also affect your home and social lives, which can contribute to both mental health issues and high blood pressure.  

Your Job

If you have the choice of working overtime, it’s important to balance the pros and the cons. While increased overtime wages are financially advantageous, there is an obvious downside to consider. If you are required to put in overtime hours, it’s more difficult to protect yourself from any injuries that may be the direct result of overwork. If you’ve been injured on the job, you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney on your side. 

If You’ve Been Injured on the Job, Contact a Knowledgeable Macon Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

Our jobs are naturally a very important part of our lives, but for safety’s sake, we need to have limitations in place. If you’ve been injured on the job as a result of putting in too many hours, the dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law in Macon are here to help. Our formidable legal team has the experience, commitment, and skill to aggressively advocate for your case’s most positive resolution, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at (478) 746-1468 for more information today.


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