The National Safety Council is worried about employees. The subject is sleeplessness. While some jobs are more dangerous than others, the sleeplessness does impact the non-safety-critical job as well.
A recent workplace survey found 69% of us say we are tired at work.
Another aspect of the survey has to do with how employers (504 of them) and employees (2,110 of them) view fatigue and being tired at work, and the accompanying risks of such exhaustion.
Here’s the report highlights:
• 90% of employers feel fatigue is impacting their organizations
• Those employers have seen safety incidents involving tired employees
• They have seen a decline in productivity
• Just 70% of workers see being tired as a safety issue
Looking at specific industries:
Transportation: 97% of employers in the transportation industry say they feel the impact of fatigue. Transportation industry employees see one risk factor from long shifts — 42% on that one — and 48% loss of sleep.
Utilities: It is the highest response of the safety-critical industries in the survey
95% of utilities employers feel it is unsafe to drive while. Just 66% of the employees in utilities agree with that assessment.
Construction: 100% of construction workers report at least one risk for fatigue. And 46% say the work during high risk hours at night or in the early morning.
Emily Whitcomb is the National Safety Council’s senior program manager of Fatigue Initiatives. She said the NSC found the research troubling. “When you’re tired, you can be deadly, and these industries are already at higher risk because of their safety-sensitive jobs,” she noted.
Whitcomb said there are common but sometimes hidden common hazards in all work places whether safety is critical or not. “We urge employers to address fatigue risk in their workplace so all employees can be healthy and safe,” she said.
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