Negating the impact of worker fatigue

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Worker fatigue is a major issue in construction and poses serious safety risks. A survey by the Considerate Constructors Scheme has found that 37% of workers in the industry work more than 50 hours a week, and 58% feel that tiredness affects their productivity. While this is a high-profile example, fatigue should be a major concern for businesses of all sizes, regardless of their industry.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that fatigue costs the UK up to £240m each year in work-related incidents and that it could be a factor in as many as 20% of road accidents. While it cannot be completely avoided, there are several ways in which companies can minimise the impact that fatigue can have on individuals, their colleagues and their wider company…read more

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