An Eye-Opening Look at Fatigue in the WorkplaceMarch 21, 2019
If you ever feel mentally or physically exhausted at work, you are not alone. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a large percentage of workers admit that they also feel exhausted at work. In fact, over forty percent of employees report that they feel too tired to safely carry out their job responsibilities.
As fatigue-related accidents are becoming a more common occurrence, the NSC is urging employers to develop fatigue risk management systems that can help prevent workplace injuries that are caused by fatigue.
Workplace Fatigue Research
Research conducted by the NSC and the Campbell Institute examined workplace fatigue in order to gain a better understanding of the issue and come up with effective countermeasures. The Campbell Institute released an article entitled, Understanding Fatigue Risk: Assessment and Countermeasures, which discussed the gap that exists between the way employers and employees view fatigue.
The researchers went on to say that in order to prevent fatigue-related hazards, there needs to be a shift in people’s attitude towards fatigue.
According to a senior manager for fatigue initiatives at the NSC, a company’s employees are its greatest asset, but too many workers are functioning on too little sleep on any given day. This has a significant impact, not only on the employee’s safety, but on the costs associated with missed work days, lost productivity, and healthcare costs.
Common Causes of Workplace Fatigue
Fatigue is the body’s way of telling you that it needs rest. Ignoring the signs can be hazardous, particularly if your job involves handling sharp objects, operating heavy equipment, or working on scaffolding, roofs, or other elevated surfaces. The following are the top three causes of workplace fatigue:
- Not enough sleep: Adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Yet the NSC reports that over 33 percent of Americans do not get enough sleep. Of the approximately 80 types of sleep disorders, insomnia and sleep apnea are the two most common disorders. In addition, 90 percent of all sleep disorder are not treated.
- Irregular Hours: When an individual’s sleep cycle is interrupted, or an employee’s job requires them to work during the nighttime hours, this disrupts the circadian rhythm. To make up for the lost sleep at night, workers need to sleep during the day, which many people find difficult to do.
- Tedious Work Tasks: When an employee’s job involves repeated, tedious tasks, this can cause fatigue. It can also cause the person to lose focus and have trouble concentrating, which can lead to work-related accidents and injuries.
Employers have a responsibility to recognize the signs of fatigue and implement effective preventative measures to ensure that employees are productive and well-rested at work.
In addition, employees who consistently get enough sleep are less likely to become injured at work.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Fatigue-Related Injuries
If you have suffered a fatigue-related injury at work, it is in your best interest to contact the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will investigate the details of your accident and ensure that you receive the full financial benefits you deserve, including lost wages and medical expenses related to your injury. We will guide you through every step of the claims process, protecting your legal rights every step of the way. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. We serve clients in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.