Make no mistakes; you can become fatigued if your tasks are:
- Boring and/or simple, especially if the task last longer than half an hour (e.g ., constantly monitoring for exceptional circumstances that rarely occur).
- Complex and/or mentally challenging.
- Mismatched to your fitness level (e.g., being required to perform tasks that are too physically challenging).
- Emotionally stressful.
- Repetitive and/or monotonous.
Boring/Simple Tasks include: Waiting on lease (e.g., Medic), cleaning equipment, performing fire/safety watch, performing repetitious task, driving to/from works site and monitoring gauges.
Mentally Challenging Tasks include: Starting up equipment, determining load lift parameters, driving to/from worksite, determining mud viscosity, calculating flow rates on the drilling site and determining G-force on centrifuges etc.
You can become more fatigued if you:
- Take insufficient breaks during your workday.
- Have an extended or compressed workweek or day-off pattern.
- Work at low points in your circadian rhythm (e.g., early in the morning, or during the night).
- If you are on call.
Technology can cause fatigue when being accessible 24/7 (via smartphone, secure FOB, etc.) makes you feel like you never truly “leave” the workplace. Fatigue can become more risk if you must: Travel through multiple time zones. Travel long distance to and from work site and drive for long hours as part of your job.
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