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Second Jobs Increase Workplace Injuries

Written by Ankin Law Office

Moonlighting – or holding a second job – has become increasingly more common in recent years, particularly given the shaky economic situation. But while a second job can provide some much-needed additional income, it can also be detrimental to a person’s health and safety.

In fact, according to a recent article in Safety & Health Magazine, people who work two or more jobs may be at an increased risk for fatigue and injury. A study from the Center for Injury Epidemiology at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety analyzed data from 2003 to 2011 using statistics from the Census Bureau’s American Time Use Survey and found that those who have more than one job – which accounted for approximately 9.8 percent of more than 76,000 adults surveyed – faced “large differences” in how they spent their time.

Specifically, researchers concluded that those workers who had more than one job may be at an increased risk for fatigue compared with single-job holders because of a combination of the following factors:

  • Long work hours concurrent with multiple shifts
  • Longer daily commute time
  • Less time for sleep
  • Less time for household and leisure activities

Moreover, researchers found that people who worked two or more jobs on the same day averaged more than two additional work hours than single-job holders, averaged less sleep (45 minutes on weekdays, 62 minutes on weekends), and were more likely to work odd hours between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Simply put, less sleep and more work means increased accident and injury risk. For instance, health experts say that drowsiness alone can slow reaction time as much as driving drunk, and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 56,000 crashes a year are attributed to driving while drowsy. Sleep deprivation can also create an unsafe work environment. In fact, one study showed that workers who complained about excessive daytime sleepiness had significantly more work accidents, particularly repeated work accidents, and reported more sick days per accident as well.

Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Injured workers are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. In other words, whether you are a permanent employee or a temporary worker, injured on your full-time job or part-time job, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago work injury lawyers are dedicated to helping injured workers obtain maximum workers’ compensation benefits and other money damages to which they may be entitled. If you were injured in a work-related accident, contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers.