Being tired and stress is dangerous for workers

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2018 | Workers' Compensation

It is not uncommon for workers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to feel tired on the job. According to a study from the National Safety Council, 69 percent of respondents said that they were fatigued while at work. It also found that all respondents who worked in construction said that they were at risk for being tired. Transportation workers often said that a lack of sleep and long hours at work lead to their fatigue.

As a general rule, employees and employers had different views as it related to working while tired. Of employees surveyed, 72 percent said that being tired at work was a threat to their safety. However, 90 percent of employers said the same thing. This included 97 percent of employers surveyed in the transportation industry. Working while fatigued could result in accidents, chronic health problems and burnout.

According to Wrike, 94 percent of American workers experience stress on the job. Employers were encouraged to start wellness programs for their workers. These programs could make it possible for employees to handle health, financial or other problems that may be causing them stress. Each year, employers lose up to $550 billion in lost productivity because of worker stress and fatigue. This includes absenteeism and a lack of productivity in addition to accidents that may be caused by a tired individual.

Individuals who experience workplace injuries may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may allow a person to receive a portion of his or her pay. It may also be possible to have medical bills related to the injury covered in full. Individuals may receive benefits indefinitely if they are unable to return to work. A legal representative may help an individual file a claim or appeal a claim that has been already denied.