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When Are Workers Most Prone to Injury?

Every year since 1992, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) goes through the process of compiling all the American workplace injuries into a report named the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF). The IIF program provides annual information on types and rates of workplace injuries that are separated into various categories based on characteristics—one of these characteristics being time.

The two primary time characteristics that the BLS records are the time of day when an injury occurs and the number of hours worked before the incident occurred.

The Most Dangerous Work Hours

Using time of day characteristics, the BLS reported that the most dangerous work hours in 2016 were 8 AM to 12 PM. When compared to 12 PM to 4 PM, the morning hours had 70,000 more injuries.

The BLS reported the following injury totals for morning vs. afternoon:

  • 8 AM – 12 PM: 320,560 Reported Injuries
  • 12 PM – 4 PM: 246,590 Reported Injuries

Additionally, the BLS found that most injuries occurred within two to four hours of clocking in, with 226,530 injuries reported within that window. The next closest timeframe, 0.01 to 2 hours on the clock, only reported 17,000 injuries.

What Do Injury Hours Tell Us?

While afternoon hours may feel more sluggish, the numbers prove that the morning, especially 10 AM to 12 PM, hold the lion’s share of workplace injuries. One reason why this may occur is the fact that few Americans eat breakfast. In fact, a recent study by the NPD group found that 10% of Americans skip breakfast every day—meaning that approximately 31 million people start the day hungry. This statistic is especially problematic when you consider that studies have shown a direct correlation between breakfast consumption and increased accidents. One such study, published online by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, revealed that workers who did not eat breakfast were twice as likely to suffer an accident or minor injury at work when compared to regular breakfast consumers.

If You’ve Been Injured, Arnold & Itkin Can Help

Regardless of the time of day when an injury occurs, Arnold & Itkin can help you on the road to financial recovery. Throughout the years, we have helped hundreds of injured workers receive the compensation that they need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and more; in fact, we have won billions of dollars on behalf of our clients. If you would like to learn more about the ways in which we can help you, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Give us a call at 888.493.0401 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team so that we can discuss your case and determine your options.

If you have been injured while on the job, call for a free consultation.