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Dangers of fatigue

Autumn is fast approaching and that means heavy construction crews are working hard to finish their projects. Longer hours and looming deadlines can lead to fatigue, which can bring on memory loss, difficulty concentrating and slower reaction time. Any of these symptoms increases the risk of incidents or injuries occurring.

Taking the following steps at work and home can reduce the risk of fatigue and manage its impact on the job:

At work:

  • Vary routine work tasks so you stay alert
  • Take small breaks when needed
  • Tell your supervisor if you’re feeling fatigued
  • Work with your employer to manage fatigue-related risks in the workplace

Outside of work:

  • Make sleep a priority, getting at least 7-8 hours nightly
  • Eat light, nutritious meals, drink plenty of water and limit your caffeine and alcohol intake
  • Watch for the warning signs of fatigue

Remember to review your company’s policy for managing fatigue in your workplace. For practices and procedures on fatigue, visit our website www.mhcaworksafely.ca.