shift work

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Work scheduled so that the same equipment can be used by more than one set of workers in a day, typically with additional compensation for work in very late or very early hours. It is worth incurring these costs in capital-intensive industries where equipment is too expensive to be kept idle for much of the time. Shift working is also necessary in some industries using continuous processes and in organizations such as the police, fire, and ambulance services, providing round-the-clock cover.

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