PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Could staying up late (like so many did last night to watch the Phillies clobber the Rockies) jeopardize safety at the work place the next day?

There are studies showing lack of sleep can be compared to being drunk when it comes to response times or overall alertness.

Al D’Imperio, area director for the Philadelphia Occupational Safety & Health Administration or OSHA office. He says when working with machinery it’s important you are not drowsy to avoid harming yourself or others.

“You want to be as rested as possible when you are operating forklifts and heavy equipment. Even if you are working on an assembly line, or if you are working in a machine shop that you are operating mechanical power presses, any kind of equipment that you have to be alert on you should get as much rest as possible.”

D’Impero says the heat of summer can also make you sleepy.

“That also plays in to making people tired and that’s where you should have frequent breaks and water if they are outside.”

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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