Fatigue is a widespread problem among workers. It can stem from a lack of sleep, strenuous labor, and difficult work environments; for instance, a work site that's crowded, noisy, and hazardous takes a toll on both the body and mind.
Deep tiredness is linked to accidents across a variety of jobs. Fatigue can cause workers to lose focus during critical moments of a job, leading to collisions, slips and falls, and potentially deadly accidents involving machinery. Fatigue also wears out the body, making it harder for workers to get through the day without suffering a repetitive stress injury. People in risky jobs, such as construction workers or oil field workers, are especially at risk of deadly or otherwise serious accidents at their work sites.
What can be done about fatigue in the workplace?
Regulations limiting the number of work hours and encouraging more frequent breaks can help workers resist fatigue (assuming these regulations are applied and enforced). Adopting techniques that lessen muscle strain is another strategy; one example comes from this article in Modern Materials Handling on better ways to lift heavy loads. Technology of different kinds can be used to optimize work environments so that employees experience less fatigue. Workers can also develop various self-care habits that may help them better cope with the strain of the job.
It's also up to companies and work site managers or supervisors to create safer work environments minimizing fatigue. They need to apply the relevant regulations and assign workers to tasks in a way that reduces the chances they'll suffer fatigue and any resulting accidents.
If you suffer a work accident, please contact us. We will work with you to carefully review your case and determine which factors, such as fatigue, contributed to the accident. You deserve fair compensation for the costs you've incurred, such as medical bills and lost wages.