Every year since 1992, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) goes through
the process of compiling all the American workplace injuries into a report
Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF). The IIF program provides annual information on types and rates of
workplace injuries that are separated into various categories based on
characteristics—one of these characteristics being time.
The two primary time characteristics that the BLS records are the time
of day when an injury occurs and the number of hours worked before the
The Most Dangerous Work Hours
Using time of day characteristics, the BLS reported that the most dangerous
work hours in 2016 were 8 AM to 12 PM. When compared to 12 PM to 4 PM,
the morning hours had 70,000 more injuries.
The BLS reported the following injury totals for morning vs. afternoon:
8 AM – 12 PM: 320,560 Reported Injuries
12 PM – 4 PM: 246,590 Reported Injuries
Additionally, the BLS found that most injuries occurred within two to four
hours of clocking in, with 226,530 injuries reported within that window.
The next closest timeframe, 0.01 to 2 hours on the clock, only reported
What Do Injury Hours Tell Us?
While afternoon hours may feel more sluggish, the numbers prove that the
morning, especially 10 AM to 12 PM, hold the lion’s share of workplace
injuries. One reason why this may occur is the fact that few Americans
eat breakfast. In fact, a
recent study by the NPD group found that 10% of Americans skip breakfast every day—meaning that
approximately 31 million people start the day hungry. This statistic is
especially problematic when you consider that studies have shown a direct
correlation between breakfast consumption and increased accidents. One such
study, published online by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, revealed that
workers who did not eat breakfast were twice as likely to suffer an accident
or minor injury at work when compared to regular breakfast consumers.
If You’ve Been Injured, Arnold & Itkin Can Help
Regardless of the time of day when an injury occurs, Arnold & Itkin
can help you on the road to financial recovery. Throughout the years,
we have helped hundreds of injured workers receive the compensation that
they need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and more; in fact, we have
won billions of dollars on behalf of our clients. If you would like to
learn more about the ways in which we can help you, we encourage you to
contact us as soon as possible. Give us a call at 888.493.0401 to schedule
a free consultation with a member of our team so that we can discuss your
case and determine your options.
If you have been injured while on the job, call 888.493.0401 for a free