Shift workers face risk of accidentsOn 1 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Shift workers are more vulnerable to accidents, sleep-related car crashesand other mishaps because they work such long and inconsistent hours, a studyby insurer Zurich has suggested. One in seven of the more than 800 public sector employees polled admittedthey had nearly fallen asleep at the wheel, and 15 per cent said they had hadto pull over from driving because of fatigue. Nearly one in five (19 per cent) suffered from insomnia, 13 per centreported feeling depressed, and a fifth claimed they were more forgetful. Nearly a fifth (18 per cent) of those polled reported to have carried outshifts lasting between 16-18 hours, and a further one in 10 had worked shiftsthat were between 19 and 24 hours long. A quarter of nurses said the pressure of working irregular hours was theworst part of their job, along with 16 per cent of the police and 9 per cent offirefighters. Vanessa Brindley, Zurich marketing manager, said workers should look atmeasures to help tackle the problem, such as finding an alternative to drivingif they’re exhausted, and writing a checklist list or adopting a routine tohelp them remember to secure their home. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.