NSC Fatigue Survey Reports

Fatigue is a growing problem affecting the workforce. Research shows 13% of workplace injuries can be attributed to fatigue, a dangerous byproduct of a society that operates 24 hours a day.

The National Safety Council has created a series of survey reports to examine this serious problem. Download Parts 1 and 2 below; the third report will be released in fall 2018.

Part 3: Fatigue in Safety-Critical Industries

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Fatigue in Safety-Critical Industries: Impact, Risks and Recommendations is the final part of a three-part series on the impact of fatigue in the workplace. The new data summarized in the report addresses safety-critical industries that may be at higher risk for fatigue-related incidents and injuries. Specifically:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Part 2: Risky Employer Practices

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Fatigue in the Workplace: Risky Employer Practices, Part 2 of the NSC series, looks at workplace practices and policies that contribute to worker fatigue, such as night shift and overtime scheduling, lack of time off between shifts and a lack of rest areas in the workplace.

Key survey findings include:

  • 90% of employers want to understand root causes of employees' fatigue, but only 55% say they will adjust schedules or tasks
  • 74% underestimate the prevalence of fatigue in the workforce
  • 73% do not communicate to employees about fatigue
  • 61% do not believe employees are comfortable telling them if they were too tired to perform their job safely
  • 51% assign a night shift to an employee immediately before or after a day shift
  • 60% lack a designated area for employees to rest

Part 1: Causes and Consequences of Employee Fatigue

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Part 1 in the series on the prevalence of fatigue in the American workforce focuses on employees' personal risk factors.

Fatigue in the Workplace: Causes and Consequences of Employee Fatigue, breaks down a probability-based survey of more than 2,000 working adults and their experience with fatigue. The report shows that 97% of workers have at least one workplace fatigue risk factor, while more than 80% have more than one risk factor. When multiple risk factors are present, the potential for injuries on the job increases.

Fatigue can have detrimental effects on a person's health and safety both on and off the job. It is a problem that has, in the past, gone largely unaddressed. This report can be used as a tool to educate employers on this critical safety issue.