Avoiding Common Workplace Accidents

Workplace Accidents, Fatigue and Injuries

Fatigue is generally defined as the feeling of extreme tiredness, sleepiness or exhaustion resulting from prolonged physical or mental work, illness or lack of sleep. To some people, fatigue may not seem like a big concern, but when fatigue is experienced in the workplace, on the job fatigue can compromise worker safety. During National Safety Month, the National Safety Council’s theme for week 2 is Recharge to Be in Charge – Focusing on Fatigue.

Southwest Florida Workplace Accidents

According to the National Safety Council or NSC, every day approximately 13,000 American workers are injured in the workplace. While there may be a multitude of reasons or causes for these injuries, fatigue is a factor which can contribute to workplace accidents resulting in injuries.

Since levels of fatigue vary from person to person, it is hard to pinpoint the actual effect fatigue has on workplace accidents and injuries. However, studies have shown that when workers have had an insufficient amount of sleep and become fatigued, there is a greater chance of making mistakes which could lead to accidents and injuries.

Lack of sleep is not the only component which influences on the job fatigue. Workplace conditions can amplify fatigue during the work day.

These conditions include things such as:

    • Repetitive, monotonous or boring tasks
    • Difficult or challenging tasks
    • Hot or cold room temperatures, sitting near air or heating vent
    • Insufficient lighting, dim lighting or light glare
    • Constant noise or loud noise
    • Reactions to particles in the air such as dust, chemicals or printer toner
    • No breaks, performing a task for a long period of time
    • Work shifts or over time hours

If your job has duties which make you feel fatigued or your working environment leads to extreme tiredness or exhaustion, there are a few things you can do to try and fight fatigue such as:

    • Ergonomic equipment to help reduce physical strains
    • Anti-glare computer screens
    • Drinking water or eating a healthy snack to boost energy levels
    • Taking frequent breaks or taking a nap when working long shifts if possible

Southwest Florida Workplace Accident Attorneys

Workplace accidents can be complex. If you or someone you know has suffered from a fatigue-related workplace injury, it is important to contact an attorney experienced with personal injury. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman Rice and Purtz have over 5 decades of experience with personal injury cases. We have six offices in Southwest Florida. Our offices are located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Naples, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte for your convenience. Contact us today to set up your appointment for a free case evaluation.