With the spike in e-commerce in recent years, many people who work labor-intensive warehouse and similar jobs are having to work harder and for more hours at a time. For example, a recent news article noted the story of a worker who severely injured his wrist while lifting packages during his company’s busiest time of year. This can happen to workers at both small and large companies.
Are tired and overworked employees more likely to get injured and file for worker’s compensation in Minnesota?
Yes, for several reasons
One of the main reasons why overworked employees are more susceptible to injuries is fatigue. Tired people are less able to make quick decisions, leading to safety hazards for themselves and others. Additionally, working third shifts and other irregular hours can disrupt the body’s natural cycle, leading to disorientation which can ultimately cause errors on the job.
Repetitive strain injuries are another condition that overwork can cause. Performing the same motion over and over without enough rest can lead to the deterioration of the body’s soft tissues.
What can an employee do?
Employees can look into their local labor laws and regulations regarding the permitted number of work hours. They can also pay attention to their bodies and take a break or try to see a medical professional if they feel something is wrong.
It is not easy to take time off and go without pay, but it can be worth it for health. Being aware of overwork is the first step that workers can take to protect themselves.