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How Fatigue Can Result in Workplace Injuries

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:

  • Sleepiness
  • Weariness
  • 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.

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