Many Louisiana residents may have lost an hour of sleep during the daylight saving time change, but according to researchers, the time change could have more severe consequences. Using injury data gathered between 1983 and 2006 by the U.S. Department of Labor and Mine Safety and Health Administration, a study published in 2009 by the Journal of Applied Psychology concluded that the daylight saving time changes resulted in 68 percent more workdays lost due to injuries and a 5.7 percent increase in overall injuries.
The authors of the study noted that individuals who work jobs requiring a higher attention to detail have a greater chance of suffering injuries after the time change. Because of this, the researcher suggested that employers should make use of extra safety precautions during the week of daylight saving time and consider adjusting work schedules during the beginning of the week.
While daylight saving time is associated with a higher rate of workplace injuries, moving clocks back an hour is not associated with any notable differences in workplace safety. According to the study, U.S. workers get 40 minutes less sleep with the daylight savings time switch but gain an extra 12 minutes with the autumn time change.
When workers suffer injuries in workplace accidents, they may be able to receive compensation by filing workers’ compensation claims. When claims are successful, injured individuals receive monetary reimbursement for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages and job training. All states have limits on the amount of compensation that can be awarded with these claims, but these limits do not apply to lawsuits. If a workplace accident is severe enough, injured workers may benefit from filing a lawsuit against the negligent party instead of filing for workers’ compensation.