In Pennsylvania and other states throughout the country, workplace fatigue is a growing problem that’s leading to numerous safety issues. Most businesses are already aware of the important role played by proper equipment, training and documentation, but many don’t realize that growing number of accidents caused by employees being overworked or sleepy. According to surveys, 43% of American workers say they experience fatigue at the workplace, meaning at some point they are too tired to property function at their job.
The U.S. Department of Labor has stated that some of the most serious accidents at American work sites can be attributed to work fatigue. Employees who work irregular or extended shifts are most likely to suffer with fatigue. These employees include nurses, drivers and people in emergency services. Even those on regular shifts are vulnerable if they don’t get enough sleep or have really long commutes.
In order to reduce fatigue at the workplace, OSHA recommends that employers carefully examine a few factors. They should look carefully at scheduling to ensure that employees get proper brakes and have plenty of time to sleep between shifts. They should also make improvements to work areas, including brighter lighting and low temperatures, to maximize alertness. Education and training should be provided to help workers avoid fatigue on their own.
Victims of workplace injuries that are the result of fatigue may be able to obtain compensation for their medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The first step is to consult with a lawyer who may help determine if the employer is responsible for causing the injury. The lawyer may then recommend filing a lawsuit or pursuing some other legal action.