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Lunch can be a killer

Think about the last time you've been on a job site right after a crew returns from lunch. How quickly do they get back to work? Does the afternoon throw them into a bit of a slump?

According to a recent study released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), construction workers are at an increased risk of dying immediately after they return from lunch.

To make matters worse, the risk of death following lunch is more likely to occur among companies with fewer than 10 workers. According to the study, these smaller companies employ 25 percent of the total construction industry workforce yet suffer 47 percent of the fatalities, possibly because of their lack of full-time safety directors.

The study, which took place between 2010-12, found most construction worker fatalities occurred between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with the peak death rate around noon. As BNA Bloomberg notes, construction workers generally begin their shifts early in the morning, which means noon typically is the time they are returning to work following lunch.

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