When you look at statistics from around the world, Americans work more hours than almost any other country. Many of those jobs involve difficult, dangerous manual labor and / or hours that are challenging. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we provide labor law assistance for clients whose employers are not paying overtime, are wrongly classifying workers, are putting workers in unnecessarily dangerous situations, and more.
If you believe that you have been treated unfairly by your employer and want to take advantage of a free legal consultation, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. We can provide a confidential, comprehensive assessment of your options.
Millions of Workers Are Working on Schedules That Are Unsafe
If you look at the hours worked in the U.S. compared to Japan, we work many more hours here. The same is true of most Western European countries. What’s worse, many millions of Americans work on rotating shifts that don’t allow their body’s to catch up to changing sleeping patterns, overnight shifts, or other schedules that are more than an inconvenience – they can be unsafe.
Sleep Deprivation is Pervasive and More Serious Than Many People Realize
When a worker is forced to work overnight or work shifts that vary from week to week – or work 20 hours in a row – they can suffer from sleep deprivation. Do not make the mistake of believing that this is just an inconvenience. In truth it is a serious issue that can lead to serious consequences such as a loss of concentration, which can lead to mistakes made.
Sleeping during the night is more refreshing and recharging than sleeping during the day, even if you get the same amount of sleep. If you are also separated from friends who are asleep at night and awake during the day, or your schedule changes so frequently that you can never get used to the sleep changes, then your attention gaps can get even worse and you could be at a higher risk of suffering from serious health issues such as heat disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Working During Your Body’s Low Point Can Have Consequences
The body’s low point is the early morning / late night when both brain and body functions are at their slowest. When someone is forced to work during these hours, they can become even more tired than they would if they were to do the same work during the daytime. If they are also fatigued then they can suffer from even more issues.
If you feel that your employer is requiring you to work unsafe hours or to otherwise work in unsafe conditions then we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We can listen to your case and help you determine if your case is worth pursuing. Your consultation will be entirely confidential.