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Issues affecting night shift workers for workers’ compensation

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Night shift work is necessary for many industries, ensuring round-the-clock productivity. However, it comes with unique health challenges.

In Georgia, night shift workers may face specific health issues that warrant attention when it comes to workers’ compensation.

Sleep disorders

One of the top health concerns for night shift workers is the disruption of their circadian rhythms. Working during the night and sleeping during the day throws the body’s internal clock off balance.

This disruption can lead to sleep disorders such as insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness and shift work sleep disorder. All can affect workers’ health and safety on the job.

Chronic diseases

Studies show a link between night shift work and an increased risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. For example, irregular schedules and disrupted sleep patterns can affect metabolism and hormone levels. Workers in Georgia who develop such conditions as a result of their night shift work may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

Mental health

Working night shifts can lead to isolation and the disruption of social life. These can take a toll on workers’ mental health. Feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety may arise due to the lack of social interaction and support during nighttime hours. Employers in Georgia should be mindful of the mental health challenges faced by night shift workers and provide resources and support to help them cope.

Accidents and injuries

Fatigue from disrupted sleep patterns can impair cognitive function and motor skills, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries on the job. Night shift workers may be more prone to slips, trips and falls, as well as errors in judgment that can lead to workplace accidents.

Workers’ compensation can provide support for those who suffer from health problems related to their night shift work, helping them access the care and assistance they need.