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How Exhaustion Makes You Vulnerable to Workplace Accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2017 | Workplace Accidents |

When you consider the substantial number of hours you put in at work, it’s just a matter of time before your body weakens due to exhaustion. At such a time, you become more susceptible to errors than ever before and your judgment when confronted with hazardous situations can be of grave concern. While getting adequate rest serves as the ultimate solution, most workers ignore such a vital concept in the name of meeting domestic demands.

It’s a no-brainer that adequate sleep leaves you refreshed and ready to work. However, it is worrying that most construction employees opt to go the extra mile at the expense of their well-deserved sleep. There’s nothing wrong with going an extra mile, but it shouldn’t compromise on your work efficiency. A recent survey revealed that employees who spent more time at the occupation were more likely to sustain workplace injuries based on increased chances of making mistakes. If you’ve had less than five hours of sleep regularly before going to work, then workplace accidents might befall you sooner rather than later.

On the other hand, workers that have been awake for over 16 hours also exhibit similar symptoms that undeniably need prompt attention. As a worker, strive to obtain enough rest, lest you become an unfortunate victim of workplace accidents. Workplace accidents arising from intense fatigue are mainly manifested in the following ways:

• Working in blurred lighting

• Having to execute tasks for extended periods of time

• Working in a hot environment

• Performing repetitive and tedious tasks

• Being subjected to loud sounds

It is widely known that workers who work during irregular hours are more prone to exhibiting vulnerable effects of fatigue compared to their daytime colleagues. In the worst case scenario, a momentary lapse of consciousness can spell the difference between life and death in environments strife with hazards. In simpler words, employees in construction sites or warehouses need to exercise caution at all times.

As a worker, exercise adequate caution against falling debris or slip and fall accidents arising from occasional episodes of fatigue. If you have sustained fatigue-related workplace injuries, then you may seek workers’ compensation to restore your vitality and health effectively.

As a victim of workplace injuries, consult an experienced New York attorney for legal guidance.



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