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One in four 'damaging their health by working without a break'

Published on 10/06/2010
A survey has revealed that one in four people work all day without taking a break, leading to concerns it may be affecting their health.

According to a poll by Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP), an overly-heavy workload and staff shortages were to blame for a quarter of the 3,000 respondents regularly taking no lunch break whatsoever.

Another third of those asked said that they worked through the majority of their lunch hour while over 50 per cent have gone to work despite feeling unwell or stressed.

As well as causing stress related problems, working too much without a break can lead to a range of health problems, the CSP warned, with chronic musculoskeletal disorders, like back pain, being a complaint.

"Work is good for us and can contribute to our physical and mental well-being - but not when overworking means people don't have the time or energy to look after their own health or when staff are at work but not fit for work," said Ann Green, chairman of the CSP.

Health and Safety Executive statistics show that 1.2 million people who worked during the last year were suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. Some 551,000 of these were new cases.
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