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Working too long can increase the risk of injury

Do you often find yourself staying late at the office? Do you pride yourself on your ability to put in long hours when needed?

While dedication is impressive, you should know that doing this does increase the odds that you will suffer an injury at work. This could be an ergonomics-related injury from failing to give your body a break from those daily tasks -- even the simple ones, like working on your computer.

To see the role that this played, researchers gave a survey to more than 12,500 workers who often put in extended hours. These are the results:

  • Male workers with frequent or chronic back pain: 30 percent.
  • Female workers with frequent or chronic back pain: 41 percent.
  • Male workers with frequent or chronic wrist pain: 16 percent.
  • Female workers with frequent or chronic wrist pain: 27 percent.

Although that was just one part of the study, it already paints a pretty clear picture of the risks involved. The researchers also said that sleep deprivation may lead to tendon, ligament and muscle injuries. They found that most workers who had night shifts did not even get six hours of sleep per night. That lack of sleep, combined with repetitive motion, put these workers at serious risk.

People often overlook repetition injuries, focusing instead on sudden events like slip-and-fall accidents or falls from ladders. While these things are dangerous and deserve consideration, workers also have to know that merely staying at work too long, too often, can lead to serious pain and the need for medical treatment. When this happens, they also need to know what legal options they have.

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