An Australian study has warned that fathers of new born babies may pose an increased safety risk, both at the workplace and on the road, due to tiredness.
The study was conducted by Dr Gary Mellor of the Southern Cross University who polled over 241 fathers. Dr Mellor found that new fathers were 36 percent more likely to have a near miss at work and 26 percent more likely to have a near miss on the road.
He said that the major reason for the increased risk was due to the fact that the fathers of new born babies tried to do more to their children and did not want to be a distant provider to the family that their fathers were.
However they continued to put in similar hours at work, leading to sleep deprivation and fatigue which increased the safety risk. "In an office it might be that you fall down some stairs, or you trip over cords, but it's also about the decisions you make. On a construction site it's working with heavy equipment, cranes, nail guns", Dr Mellor said. The study has been published in the American Journal of Men's Health.