Workers Comp Accident Rates Do Spring Forward
Do Workers Comp Accident Rates twice per year? According to a recent article I came across- not necessarily.
The one hour time change in the fall has no effect on accident rates. The springtime “ides of March” time change does lead to a higher rate of accidents.
Two doctoral candidates found that a spike in injuries does occur every March.
In two separate studies, they found that the March switch to Daylight Savings Time resulted in
- 40 minutes less sleep for American workers
- 5.7 percent increase in workplace injuries
- nearly 68 percent more work days lost to injuries.
In Canada, the accidents rate increases do agree with these two studies. There was an 8% increase in accidents the Monday following the time change.
Traffic accidents do rise sharply on the Monday after the March Daylight Savings time change. In fact, a long term study showed a 17% increase in traffic accidents on that Monday.
Finding any rating bureau information that is specific to a certain date each year was difficult at best.
A 2009 Journal of Applied Psychology study concluded that miners had a 40 minute sleep deprivation which resulted in a 5.7 increase in accident rates for the Monday after the March time change. The Workers Comp accident rate for this one industry may not be reflective of all industries.
Article provided by James J Moore, AIC, MBA, ChFC, ARM. All articles are original content. Check out the full website at www.cutcompcosts.com