The Danger of Worker Fatigue

By Code Red SafetyBlog

From the Exxon Valdez’s oil spill to the world’s largest nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, fatigue is dangerous and has no place in the workplace. Worker fatigue is caused by continuous lack of sleep (less than 8 hours a night, on average), long work hours, inclement weather condition, or by work that is physically and mentally demanding, such as in the construction and oil industries. As fatigue reduces a worker’s alertness, errors and injury ensues. Proper sleep during the workweek and the right amount of rest during off-hours will help the workplace stay safe.