Licensees and pub managers who work long hours could cause accidents at work, according to a new survey.
The survey, Married to the Job?, was commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
It found that working long hours can have a bad effect on job performance and cause accidents. In the last 12 months more than a third of those questioned said they have made mistakes ranging from mismanagement of staff to property damage and personal injury.
Peter Love, spokesman for the National Association of Licensed House Managers (NALHM), said the issue of long hours would be around for a long time, despite the efforts of pub companies to cut managers' hours.
NALHM has been involved in encouraging companies to cut managers hours to 48 hours a week, in line with the European Working Time Directive.
"Part of the difficulty is if someone has been working 60 or 70 hours a week, to cut that to 48 hours will have an effect on the business," he said. "What we're trying to do is introduce it over a period of time."