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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Pay packet vs health: How damaging is working long overtime hours?

    Everyone enjoys seeing something extra tacked on to the end of their monthly or weekly pay. However, what may be financially beneficial in the short term can have serious and far-reaching consequences as time goes on.

    Workplace accidents are commonly caused by exhausted employees who feel either obligated or pressured into pushing themselves and their work further than is healthy, whilst your mental state can also suffer.

    What accidents at work am I likely to suffer from working too much overtime?

    In early 2012, figures from a study carried out by medical journal PLoS One revealed that people who work more than 11 hours a day more than double the risk of suffering depression or a significant depressive episode by doing so.

    As well as stress-related illnesses, there are numerous other physical dangers associated with working too much overtime.

    For example, more hours can be particularly problematic for workers who spend the majority of their work time in a stationary, sitting position. Staying late in the office greatly reduces the opportunity for regular exercise which in turn increases the risk of illnesses like obesity and diabetes.

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    It also increases your susceptibility to injury when you do find the time to exercise.

    Stress at work can also greatly disrupt your sleeping pattern. The average adult requires seven to nine hours of sleep a night, according to the National Sleep Foundation, in order to let the body and mind fully rest and recover.

    Alarmingly, a survey from the same organisation found that 20 per cent of people who worked more than 50 hours in a week were doing so on less than six hours of sleep.

    A lack of sleep can lead to:

    –  Decreased memory function

    –  Weight gain

    –  Mood problems e.g. Becoming increasingly irritable

    One of the most common consequences of working too much overtime is eye strains caused simply by looking at a computer screen for too long. Symptoms include headaches and blurred vision and have also been known to effect long-distance drivers.

    What can I do if I suffer an accident or injuries at work?

    Fortunately, help is at hand courtesy of Accident Advice Helpline. Providing your accident at work:

    –  Occurred within the last three years (with a few notable exceptions)

    –  Required medical attention

    –  Was demonstrably the fault of someone else

    …then they can take your claim on and their team are usually able to settle out of court.

    To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: January 3, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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