Workers in Maryland may have been affected by the loss of sleep after the daylight saving time change on March 8. While many people complain about having less time to sleep before work, research shows that the lost hour of sleep increases the likelihood of workplace injuries. According to the National Sleep Foundation, most workers need a few days to fully adjust to the time change.
A study that was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology in 2009 showed that there is a significant increase in workplace injuries after the time change for daylight saving. Injury data that was gathered by the U.S. Department of Labor and Mine Safety and Health Administration between 1983 and 2006 demonstrated a 5.7 percent increase in workplace injuries around daylight saving. Workers also experienced 68 percent more lost workdays due to injuries around this time.
The study showed that daylight saving not only contributes to more workplace injuries, but the time change also leads to an increase in the severity of workplace injuries that occur. Due to the findings, the authors of the study suggested that employers adjust work schedules after daylight saving and reschedule hazardous tasks for later in the week.
A worker who has been injured on the job might blame a lack of sleep, unsafe work conditions or poor communication for an accident. No matter what factors led to a worker being injured, the worker is entitled to seek compensation through filing for workers' compensation benefits. Injured workers may claim reimbursement for medical expenses and a portion of their lost wages while they recover from their injuries.
Source: Society for Human Resource Management, "Workplace Injuries Spike After Daylight Saving Time Change", Roy Maurer, March 6, 2015