The oil industry makes up a large part of the workforce in Texas. As we at the Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz are aware, oil workers are on the job for long hours – often putting in much more time than the traditional 40-hour week. You may enjoy the overtime pay, but there can be negative consequences to working too much for a long period of time, as well.
According to Healthline, the effects of working long hours can include the following:
- Disrupting your sleep and causing sleepiness during the day
- Making you more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety
- Causing neck and back pain or repetitive motion disorders
- Raising your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes or cancer
- Putting strain on your personal relationships
Any of the above problems alone could cause health conditions that may warrant workers’ compensation. Fatigue and other complications resulting from long hours on the job could also cause a workplace accident, which, as you know, can be serious in the oil industry.
Your employers are responsible for providing the training and safety equipment necessary to keep you and your co-workers safe on the job. As our page on oil field accidents explains, long hours are common in your line of work. It may help when your employer understands the risks and takes precautions to prevent the detrimental health effects and potential for accidents that may arise when employees are on the job for longer than the traditional 40 hours a week.