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Truckers among the most sleep-deprived workers in U.S.

Truckers in Pennsylvania should know that the transport and material moving industry is high among the list of industries impacted by sleep deprivation. In a study from Ball State University that involved some 150,000 working adults in the U.S., 41% of respondents in this industry claimed to sleep less than seven hours a night.

The highest rate of sleep-deprived workers was found among military members and police officers: 50% of respondents. This was followed by those in the healtcare industry (45%). Forty-one percent of those in production reported poor sleep.

Overall, 35.6% of respondents in 2018 reported inadequate sleep whereas in 2010, the percentage was 30.9%. In 2010, the percentage of sleep-deprived truckers was 32%. Researchers did not specify how many were long-haul truck drivers. They did find, though, that men, older adults and multiracial individuals were all especially prone to sleep deprivation.

In most of the industries that see high rates of sleep deprivation, 24-hour shift work is not uncommon. Though researchers did not pinpoint a cause for the increase between 2010 and 2018, several reasons could be offered. For example, there is greater access to electronic devices, and these tend to keep their users up at night. Longer hours and an escalation in stress at the workplace are contributing factors.

There are a variety of reasons why big rig accidents occur, and a significant one is truck driver fatigue. In some cases, truck drivers feel pressured by their employers to stay behind the wheel longer and forego the rest breaks that they are legally required to take. Occupants of other vehicles who have been injured in such a crash might want to have legal assistance when they are seeking to be compensated for the losses that they have incurred.

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