Monday, September 1, 2014

Fighting Fatigue when working

Fighting Fatigue when working

Everyone is tired at one time or another at work, in most jobs being tired at work hurts your performance in the daily duties that you are required to complete. In construction that same scenario can be dangerous to you and the people that you work with on the jobsite.

Fatigue is the condition of being physically or mentally tired and or exhausted. Extreme fatigue can lead to uncontrolled and involuntary shutdown of the brain; this can be very serious for you and the people around you.

Construction requires you to be alert to what is happening around you at all times, when you are tired you miss key things that happen around you. These key things can be things such as vehicles and equipment moving around the site, open holes, workers on scaffolding above you and missing signage that is posted to keep you and your fellow workers safe.

Construction site safety only works if you are aware of it. Being tired or fatigued means that there is a higher than normal chance that you won’t notice or follow safety signage, safety instructions or safety procedures.
If you find that you are tire or fatigued you should report this to your supervisor who should allow you to go home. It shouldn’t affect your job unless it becomes a chronic issue of you being sent home for being fatigued or tired.

Workers on construction sites should refrain from activities that will affect them the next day at work, showing up and not being fully alert can be the most dangerous thing that anyone can do and no amount of safety training or equipment can help you if you wouldn’t help yourself.

Remember to work safely and stay alert.

Rob Abbott
Village Builders Inc.

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