The construction industry is a high-risk environment that is both physically and mentally demanding. Our Lakeland construction attorneys are intimately familiar with federal safety regulations, and we know that employers are responsible for ensuring that their project sites are safe. Although many hazards are brought to the forefront on construction sites, one that is often forgotten is fatigue. Fatigue has a sneaky way of attacking your best workers. If ignored, fatigue can be detrimental to their health and counterproductive for your business in many ways. Read this final section and part one to find out how you can make fatigue reduction a safety priority for your company.
Factors That Lead to Fatigue
It is not uncommon for construction workers to work a compressed schedule, which means they are working more hours per day. It is also typical for workers to work overtime to meet project deadlines. In addition to performing hard work for extended hours, workers are frequently exposed to hazards such as chemicals, noise, and certain environmental conditions. These factors can take a toll on a worker’s wellbeing due to the physical and mental weariness that can develop over time.
Take Steps to Reduce Worker Fatigue
It is crucial that construction employers are proactive about decreasing worker fatigue. Fatigue leads to an increased risk of illness and injuries because accident rates increase when workers work longer than 12 hours per day or when they work at night. In addition to that, worker fatigue affects your company’s bottom line.
A fatigue management plan can help reduce the risk of fatigue-related accidents. Avoid overloading workers or creating unrealistic project deadlines. Additionally, employers can use technology to monitor worker fatigue through the use of wearable technology. They should also encourage workers to stay hydrated.
Employers and Workers Are Responsible
When it comes to combating worker fatigue, both employers and workers are responsible. Workers are responsible for ensuring that they get proper rest to avoid sleep deprivation and speaking up when they are experiencing symptoms of fatigue that are affecting their health and work performance. Employers can make several changes including educating workers on the dangers of sleep deprivation (employers can include discussions about fatigue in their toolbox talks), reducing worker shifts where necessary, monitoring workloads, and encouraging proper meal and rest breaks.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.