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Graveyard Shift Accidents

Graveyard Shift Accidents



What are graveyard shift accidents? Why do graveyard shift accidents occur? What causes graveyard shift accidents? What is being done about graveyard shift accidents? These questions will be covered in this article and why there is a continued lack of concern. Certainly, by looking at the image one can see an unhappy graveyard place. Welcome to the graveyard shift, which is an employer sponsored event.

As you may recall, individuals work the graveyard shift. The graveyard shift can be from 10pm until 6am or various combinations thereof. Importantly, the individual is working or being awake while the individual should be sleeping. In some cases, the graveyard shift can be from 6pm to 6am. The time is also noted as 18:00 until 06:00. Besides the complexity of working against the biological clock, the individual is working twelve hours, which can contribute to excessive fatigue.

Night Shift Accident – Fatigue Videos

Before discussing the questions, one should look at this video. The video describes how an individual attempts to stay awake during the night while driving. Driving alone requires attention. Driving while fatigue created by the night-shift environment creates a hazard. Unfortunately, fatigue driving creates accidents with unwanted results. Notice, just like in the workplace, the driver must stay awake. Staying awake requires effort just like at work. Unfortunately, accidents will happen in various degrees.

In this video, the individual had trouble sleeping. Unfortunately, sleeplessness is a medicine for disaster. Especially when working on machinery, accidents are known to happen. The individual should have a day of complete sleep to overcome the fatigue. This is certainly scary and an accident will occur.

One can see from the two videos about the onset of fatigue, being very tired, capable of falling asleep at a moments notice, having multiple micro-sleeps, or encountering an accident at a moments notice. Unfortunately, the graveyard shift produces more accidents.

What are graveyard shift accidents?

Graveyard shift accidents are any accidents that occur during the graveyard shift. The graveyard shift is normally between the hours of 10pm until 6am. The graveyard shift is also known as third shift or night shift. Graveyard shift accidents can be minor such as spelling or extreme such as the Exon Valdez night-shift accident.

Graveyard-shift workers make five times as many serious mistakes and are 20% more likely to suffer severe accidents, Circadian found. Those on the overnight shift also have a significantly higher incidence of costly diseases and disorders, costing employers billions.

Popular industrial disasters that caused millions of damage and cost the lives of hundreds of people happened in the second and third shifts. The Three Mile Island leak happened at 4:00 a.m., the Bhopal gas explosion at 12:45 a.m., the Chernobyl explosion at 1:00 a.m. and the Exxon Valdez oil spill at 12:08 a.m. Working at night can have consequences that could lead to lower productivity and can cause accidents as it increases the risk of making poor decisions or even mistakes.

Why do Graveyard Shift Accidents Occur?

Graveyard shift accidents occur as a result from lack of sufficient sleep. Sleeping during the day is difficult and eventually the graveyard worker becomes more fatigued. Being more fatigued plus fighting off the sleepy tendencies will cause accidents. Therefore, accidents occur because the graveyard worker is sleepy, fatigued, and concentration is minimal.

There’s some evidence-though controversial-that night shift work makes accidents more likely.

That leads to the obvious connection between sleepiness and the risk of accident – either on the job or driving to and from work. People who are sleep-deprived can succumb to “microsleeps,” where they fall asleep for just a few seconds and don’t even realize it, said Dr. Clete Kushida, director of the Stanford University Center for Human Sleep Research.

I been working 3years on nightshift.Recently I turned down some work that required me to drive a far distance after my shift was complete.I opted to pass the work onto the AM Shift.Next day i receive nasty email asking for an explanation.I reasoned with them that I was tierd and needed to sleep.They found this unacceptable.They just don’t understand what I go through.Iam considering an alternative work occupation where I work through the day,relax in the evening and sleep.My job is stressful.

Besides the accidents created by night-shift sleepiness, stress is an additional factor towards the night shift. Graveyard shift accidents will occur and the individual surrounding the accident will be blamed. The video describes some information about the unhealthy night or graveyard shift. Notice, night-shift is the same as third shift or graveyard shift.

Shift workers can have an increased potential for impaired judgment and accidents due to excessive sleepiness.

What Causes Graveyard Shift Accidents?

Sleepy Worker

Sleepy Worker

The sleepy worker shown in the image has trouble staying awake. The sleepy worker should fully concentrate on his work and the specific job requirements. Unfortunately, a lack of proper sleep causes the worker to be very sleepy. Eventually, an accident will occur because of the sleepy condition. Therefore, graveyard shift accidents occur because of a shortage of proper sleep.

Night shift workers, on average, sleep about one and one-half fewer hours per night than daytime workers. Lack of sleep clearly affects alertness, judgment, and performance. The increased rate of work-related accidents at night and motor vehicle accidents following a night shift are evidence that long-term shift work can be hazardous to health and well-being.

Very simply, when we are tired, we are more prone to making mistakes. Therefore, performance and safety can be especially compromised on the night shift because alertness is inherently lower at night, and because the night shift can affect quantity and quality of sleep, and thus, alertness as well.

Night shift workers are more likely to crash their cars than people who work during the day, a study into fatigue-related accidents has found.

Therefore, from the various sources such as quotes, videos, and personal experiences, graveyard shift accidents occur from being fatigued, not enough sleep, being always tired, and a lack of employer concern. Check out the interesting videos related to fatigue, lack of sleep, and lack of safety.

Workplace fatigue creates accidents. Fatigue comes from lack of inadequate sleep. Unfortunately, the fatigued worker is being blamed for the accident or lack of performance. Besides, when looking at the various accidents, the accidents can take place day or night. Of course, there exists defective equipment. Thus, defective equipment with fatigue is an accident in progress.

What is Being Done about Graveyard Shift Accidents?

Graveyard shift accidents occur because of fatigue and tiredness. Graveyard Shift accidents also occur after leaving the workplace. Unfortunately, Graveyard Shift accidents occur more frequently because of the time schedule. Furthermore, very little is being done about graveyard shift accidents such as preventative measures. Unfortunately, the employee is being punished for the graveyard shift accident. Workers should be made aware of difficulties. Instead, workers are punished for fatigued accidents.

Workers from all industries are often faced with working a difficult schedule. Working the night shift at any location presents challenges that a worker should be aware of. The type of work and the location of the job are factors that contribute to an unsafe work environment.

Her observations are backed by a national study that shows nurses who work nights, extended hours or sleep less are more likely to drive drowsy and increase the chances of a crash or a near-crash. The national study looked at 895 full-time nurses over a four-week period.

Notice, the nurse works twelve hours through the night. For instance, the hours can be from 6pm to 6am. Afterwards, the nurse must drive home. Working twelve hours creates fatigue. Working twelve hours overnight is horrendous. Driving after a twelve hour overnight shift is dangerous. When the accident occurs, the driver is blamed.

It has been shown that critical care nurses that are permitted to nap during breaks on the night shift report less fatigue and an increase in alertness while on the job.

Note: Nurses when permitted to nap report less fatigue. All nurses should be permitted to nap ensuring less fatigue and less errors. Of course and besides nurses, an assumption can be that workplace napping can reduce fatigue and reduce accidents. Unfortunately, napping is not allowed for fatigued workers. We can also see that fatigue plays a role in accidents. Insufficient sleep combined with an unusual schedule creates fatigue. Unfortunately, fatigue creates unwanted accidents without liability. In other words, the fatigued individual is blamed for a human event.

Here is a video that can happen either day or night. Add the fatigue factor then the problem worsens. Consider the following comments.

As funny and cheesy as this video is, these things DO happen. The point of the video is to make you think about the potential dangers of any workplace or power tool. Always understand how to use a machine properly, and take every safety precaution. A trip to the ER can cost a hell of a lot more than a good quality glove, or other safety equipment. The bosses would like to thank all of the volunteers for risking their lives and body parts for $8.00 an hour to make this video possible.

Warning: The Video and Content is for Humor Only

Working the graveyard or night shift without an accident is success. Unfortunately, one may never wonder what lurks on the outside. Take a look at this Zombie that is looking for some fine brains. After some time, working feels like being a Zombie.

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