High levels of fatigue cause reduced performance and productivity, and increases the risk of accidents and injuries. Fatigue affects the ability to think clearly. As a result people who are fatigued are unable to gauge their own level of impairment, and are unaware that they are not functioning as well or as safely as they would be if they were not fatigued.
The most common effects associated with fatigue are:
Desire to sleep
Lack of concentration
Impaired recollection of timing and events
Reduced capacity for communicating with others
Reduced hand-eye coordination
Reduced visual perception
Reduced capacity to judge risk
Slower reaction times
Not only do these effects decrease performance and productivity within the workplace, but they simultaneously increase the potential for incidents and injuries to occur.
People working in a fatigued state may place themselves and others at risk, most particularly:
When operating machinery (including driving vehicles)
When performing critical tasks that require a high level of concentration
Where the consequence of error is serious (such as when working at heights or potentially being in the line of fire).
None of us are immune to “FATIGUE” so, let us all make sure we are looking out for ourselves and others!
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