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February/March 2008 (vol. 04/5)

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Shiftwork has RTW consequences

Working non-standard work schedules, for example evening and night work, significantly affects return-to-work outcomes following a workplace injury and should be taken into account by OH professionals and case managers. Compared with injured workers in conventional schedules, working a non-standard schedule significantly increases the risk of being dismissed, resigning or being unable to work full time following an injury at work. Schedules involving overtime and long working hours generally had a greater impact on vocational consequences following a workplace injury.

Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 2007; 17(4): 641–651.  http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10926-007-9098-8

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2008 (vol. 04/5) pp36