Dangers of fatigue


With the construction season at its peak, heavy construction crews are putting in long hours, which can lead to fatigue. Fatigue can bring on memory loss, difficulty concentrating and slower reaction time. All of these symptoms can increase 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

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

Fatigue is often an overlooked hazard on the construction site, so please remember to review your company’s policy for managing fatigue. For practices and procedures on fatigue, visit our website.