The average working week is around 40 hours in the UK, but are you at risk of accidents at work or work-related injury if you work longer hours? If you work longer hours and you’ve been involved in a work accident, which you feel was caused by negligence on behalf of your employer, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim work injury compensation.
Is it dangerous to work longer hours?
In some professions, there may be a risk associated with working longer hours. If you work for long periods of time, especially without regular breaks, there is a likelihood that you may get tired, you may lose focus and concentration, your reaction time may slow and this increases the risk of work-related illness and work injuries.
Jobs that may require you to work longer hours include:
- Healthcare: doctors, nurses and support staff often work 12-hour shifts, including night shifts and some professionals work up to 100 hours per week
- Farming: farmers are known to rise very early and finish their working day late in the evening; farming is, by nature, a dangerous industry, and the risk of injuries may be even greater at the end of a long and tiring day
- Construction: construction workers, especially self-employed builders, can go through peaks and troughs in terms of demand and, during busy periods, days tend to be long
- Driving: long-distance drivers are often behind the wheel for hours at a time; if your concentration starts to fade or you get tired, this will undoubtedly increase the risk of road traffic accidents
Staying safe at work
Your employer should take the relevant steps to protect you from injury at work. However, if you have a long day at work ahead, these top tips may help to keep you safe:
- Take regular breaks during the day
- Eat healthy, filling meals throughout the day to keep your energy levels up and stay hydrated
- Use the relevant protective clothing and equipment
- Don’t drive, operate machinery or carry out any potentially dangerous activities if you feel under the weather or tired; have a break and if you feel up to it, try again
- See your employer if you are struggling with longer hours