Fatigue is a major risk factor for many workers. Whether you work night
shifts, have more than one job, or just have too much on your plate, sleep
deprivation can quickly catch up to you. It is estimated that workers
who get less than 5 hours of sleep comprise more than 7% of injury incidents
per year in the United States. Workers who get 7 to 8 hours of sleep,
however, account for roughly 2% of injury incidents in the United States
per year. Sleep is important, and fatigue can increase your risk for an
injury at work.
What Are Three Warning Signs of Fatigue?
1. Slower Response Times
If you are suffering from fatigue, your reaction time will become slow.
This means you respond to events and sudden changes at a slower rate than
someone who is not suffering from fatigue. Having a slower response time
can increase your risk of a workplace accident, especially if you are
working in a high-stress job with heavy equipment. Construction site workers,
for instance, must sometimes make quick decisions to maintain the safety
of workers. If a machine malfunctions or a piece of scaffolding falls,
a fast reaction time is the only thing that will protect you and the people
2. More Mistakes
Workers suffering from fatigue often make more mistakes than workers who
get enough sleep. While little mistakes may seem trivial, bigger mistakes
can have serious consequences. Depending on your job, you may have a lot
of responsibility to keep yourself and others safe, and one mistake could
take your life. Welders and machine shop workers, for instance, deal with
dangerous machines on a daily basis. One mistake could lead to a lost
limb, or death. Even mistakes that don’t threaten your physical
health can decrease your productivity, so it is important to pay attention
to this warning sign.
3. Decreased Concentration
Workers who suffer from fatigue may also experience decreased cognitive
function. They cannot concentrate or think clearly, and they have trouble
remembering important information. If you suffer from fatigue, you may
forget an appointment or business meeting, have trouble completing normal
tasks, and struggle to focus on your work. In every job, fatigue can decrease
your ability to perform your duties well and can increase your risk for
Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs of Fatigue
Fatigue, while a common dilemma in the workforce, can lead to a serious
workplace injury. It is important to get enough sleep and monitor your
level of fatigue to help avoid an accident. Employers can help by providing
sufficient breaks, bright environments to keep workers alert, and scheduling
arrangements to let workers have consistent work patterns. At Williams
DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A., our
Toledo personal injury attorneys can represent you as you seek compensation for a workplace injury.
Call us today at (419) 318-0772 for quality legal services.