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September 16th, 2020

The Bottom Line: How Does Your Work Schedule Impact Workplace Injuries?

Researchers from Harvard University conducted a systematic review of 29 high-quality studies to determine the impact of work schedules on the risk of workplace injuries. Certified ergonomist Blake McGowan explains in this month’s installment.

The impact of your work schedule on workplace injuries are:

  1. Injuries increase exponentially for every hour worked beyond 8 hours.
  2. Injuries almost triple after 12 hours of work.
  3. Injuries increase exponentially as the number of consecutive days worked increase.

References: Dorothee Fischer, David A Lombardi, Simon Folkard, Joanna Willetts, & David C Christiani. (2017). Updating the “Risk Index”: A systematic review and meta-analysis of occupational injuries and work schedule characteristics. Chronobiol Int. 2017;34(10):1423-1438.

Want more on this topic? Watch “The Impact of Mental Stress on Workplace Injuries.”