Fatigue at Work – A Safety Nightmare in the Making
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Fatigue is the state of feeling very tired, weary or
sleepy. It results from not getting enough sleep,
shiftwork, prolonged mental or physical work,
or extended periods of stress or anxiety. Fatigue
impacts work performance and safety and can
cause health problems. In the most extreme cases,
fatigue has been linked to environmental disasters,
plane and train crashes, nuclear disasters and the
explosion of the Challenger space shuttle.
WHAT’S THE DANGER?
The risk of making mistakes at work increases
dramatically if workers sleep for less than seven
to eight hours, or are awake for more than 17