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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 all three reports for free.
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Fatigue in Safety-Critical Industries: Impact, Risks and Recommendations is the third in 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:
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.
Key survey findings include:
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.
Emily Whitcomb, senior program manager for the NSC fatigue initiative, leads the discussion.
Employers can calculate the costs of fatigue in the workplace with the NSC Fatigue Cost Calculator.
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