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Nearly 58% of U.S. manufacturing workers reported they had been fatigued at work over the last week, according to a study released Thursday by the American Society of Safety Professionals.
The report findings, consisting of interviews with 451 workers in 2015 and research conducted between 2015 and 2018, found that ankles and/or feet, lower back and eyes were reported to be frequently affected body parts and sleep deprivation, work stress and shift schedule were the top selected root causes for fatigue.
When feeling tired, respondents reported coping by drinking caffeinated drinks, stretching/exercising, and talking with co-workers, according to the major findings by the Park Ridge, Illinois-based workplace safety nonprofit.
The authors of the report pointed to fatigue monitoring, such as wearables that monitor heart rate, as a possible solution. However, the report found that three interventions might help mitigate fatigue: posture variance, chemical supplements and rest breaks.
The study also found that while advanced manufacturing has resulted in significant changes in manufacturing plants and on shop floors, thus influencing work demands and the working environment, the corresponding safety-related effects, including fatigue, “have not been captured on an industrywide scale.”
It starts with a simple question: Are you tired during the day?