If you are feeling drowsy at work, you are in for a long day ahead. Whether
you are dozing off in the middle of a task or while sitting at your desk,
fatigue can have a negative impact on your productivity and your attention span.
Additionally, being tired on the job is considered unsafe. Fatigue has
been one of the most common causes of workplace injuries in the United
States. Decreased alertness from employee fatigue has been a contributing
factor in several industrial disasters, errors in patient care, and increased
injury and illness costs.
Fatigue can affect worker safety and health by causing the following:
- Reduced alertness
- Concentration issues
- Memory issues
- Lack of motivation
- Impaired decision making
Several factors such as poor quality, interrupted, or too little sleep
over a period of time can cause fatigue. Long work hours, as well as extended
and irregular shifts, may be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining.
Studies have shown that fatigue is associated with a number of health
problems, including heart disease, digestive issues, musculoskeletal disorders,
cancer, and depression.
Potential Solutions to Combat Fatigue on the Job
While workers can help prevent fatigue by taking frequent breaks and adopting
better sleeping habits, employers can also do their part. Employers should
understand the importance of sleep and promote it. They should make schedules
consistent and restrict consecutive day shifts to five or six days and
night shifts to four days. Furthermore, they should deter the lengthy
use of electronic devices after work.
If you have been injured at the workplace in Georgia,
request a free consultation with our Woodstock workers’ compensation attorneys at
Warlick & Craig, P.C. today.