When workers are tired, they are more likely to make mistakes and less likely to notice potential hazards leading to serious work-related injuries.
Workplace injuries are a common occurrence in the United States. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 2 million workplace injuries reported in 2020. While many of these injuries occur due to unsafe working conditions, others can be attributed to worker fatigue. When workers are tired, they are more likely to make mistakes and less likely to notice potential hazards leading to serious work-related injuries. Below, we’ll discuss the dangers of working while tired and how you can protect yourself from injury.
Fatigue in the Workplace
From working long hours to having an early morning shift, and everything in between, workers are often fatigued on the job. And while fatigue is a common problem, it can also be a dangerous one. When you’re tired, your body can’t function at its best. You may have trouble paying attention, making decisions, and reacting quickly to hazards. This can put you at risk for injury, whether working with heavy machinery or simply walking around the office.
How to Prevent Workplace Injuries
Working while tired can be dangerous. Luckily, you can do a few things to protect yourself from injury. First, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. This may seem like common sense, but it’s essential to get at least seven hours of sleep each night. If you can’t get seven hours, try to nap during the day.
Second, eat healthily and stay hydrated. When you’re well-nourished, your body is better able to handle fatigue.
Finally, be aware of your surroundings and take breaks when needed. If you’re feeling tired, take a few minutes to rest or walk around. And if you see something that could be unsafe, don’t hesitate to report it to your supervisor.
Does My Employer Have to Prevent Fatigue?
Let’s face it – employees are every business’ vital resource. And employers have a responsibility to create a safe working environment for their employees. This includes preventing worker fatigue.
If your job requires you to work long or early mornings, your employer should provide you with adequate rest breaks and take time off when needed. They should also make they are well-staffed to avoid overworking their employees.
Unfortunately, not all employers are willing to do what’s necessary to prevent worker fatigue. If you’re concerned about fatigue in your workplace, talk to your supervisor or HR department. You can also file a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
I’ve Been Injured at Work – What Should I Do?
You may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits if you’ve suffered a work-related injury. These benefits can help you cover your medical expenses and lost wages.
You’ll need to report your injury to your employer to get started. You should then receive a claim form from your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance company. Once you’ve completed the form, you’ll need to submit it to your employer or the insurance company.
This process can be long and complicated, especially if your employer denies your claim. That’s why it’s essential to have an experienced workers’ compensation attorney on your side.
At The Law Offices of James. M. Hoffmann, we’ve helped injured workers get the benefits they need and can do the same for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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