The OSHA Offer Employee Fatigue Tips Ahead of Monitoring Technology Release

January 30, 2019

There's no question that the construction industry is in a technology boom. Though a lot of attention is diverted to any talk of robots or drones to benefit production time or data-analysis, much work has actually been put into creating technology that monitors worker safety. A report from the National Safety Council speaks to how necessary, despite how obvious that my seem, this technology is. According to the report, which surveyed construction workers that had at least one risk factor for on-the-job fatigue, 98% of employers admitted that fatigued workers posed additional safety risks while only 75% of employees agreed that fatigue is a safety issue. This insight is very telling of how much employees are self-monitoring of fatique in the workplace.

Aware of the issues of fatigue and safety in the industry, the American Society of Safety Professionals Foundation conducted a three-year study, requiring workers on the manufacturing floor to don wearable sensors, like smart clips on belts and hardhats, to measure fatigue and it's impacts on safety. From this data, it can be seen workers' most affected areas and the major causes of fatigue. In the study, manufacturing workers were most affected in their ankles, eyes, lower back, and feet and the major causes included lack of sleep, stress, and shift scheduling.

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