Combatting Worker Fatigue Is Critical To Workplace Safety

    Regardless of the number of hours spent in safety training, if workers are fatigued, accidents are likely to happen. This is especially true in today’s industry where experienced and qualified workers are more difficult to find, resulting in workers being scheduled for extended hours in order to complete jobs on time and on budget.
    But worker fatigue can result in both time and money lost due to accidents and injuries. According to OSHA, fatigued employee is almost 3 times more likely to be involved in a work-related accident. Additionally, injury rates among workers during a night shift was 30% greater than during daytime working hours. Those remaining awake beyond 15 hours exhibited deteriorated mental and physical abilities that mimic the individual having a blood alcohol level of 0.04. It is easy to see why fatigue can play such a large role in workplace accidents.
    Combatting worker exhaustion is a two pronged effort. First is to evaluate the job at hand properly and hire the appropriate amount of qualified workers needed to complete the job. The second is to set realistic time goals for the work to be completed by a given number of workers. Keep in mind that setbacks occur so build that into the long-range plans. Providing a client with a realistic time-frame that remains injury free for your business and workers is the best way to ensure client satisfaction and protect your reputation as a business owner.