While many of us appreciate the extra hour of sunshine in the evening, Daylight Saving Time (DST) comes with risks, particularly for workplace safety.
Pick any three employees at your company. Chances are, one of them is sleep deprived. And the chances increase for certain industries and among employees who work night and irregular schedules. And most people would not want to take the chance that these sleepy workers will injure themselves or others.
Safety pros know the impact fatigued employees create in the workplace. Here’s a reminder of how big that impact can be.
Nearly seven out of ten employees surveyed by the National Safety Council report feeling tired at work.
A recent report throws cold water on claims that additional restrictions on commercial vehicle drivers’ hours would benefit safety.
Researchers say their recent study into night shifts and drowsy driving has implications beyond those who work primarily when it’s dark.
The family of a man who worked at a slaughterhouse is suing his former employer, claiming excessive overtime hours doing strenuous work in cold conditions contributed to his death.
Some employees adapt well to shift work. For others, it can create serious health and safety problems. How can you find those who will adapt better?
New research shows many employees with invisible disabilities don’t disclose them to their employers, and this impacts the safety of the worker, co-workers and even the public.
How does a lack of sleep affect pain, and how does that pain, in turn, affect the ability to perform work tasks? New research has an answer to that question.
It pays to settle safety disputes with employees. Otherwise, they may file a report with OSHA and prompt an inspection. This story involves a difference of opinion over personal protective equipment.
Melatonin, caffeine, prescription medications, light therapy and naps have all been used to help overnight shift workers stay alert and avoid injuries. Of those, new research shows one that appears to work pretty well is …
The engineer of a Metro-North train that crashed last December in the Bronx, NY, killing four people, admits he felt “dazed” on the day of the wreck. Given information released on his medical evaluation after the crash, there’s no wonder why he felt that way.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says a 2009 crash that killed 10 people was likely caused by driver fatigue.
An employee takes opioids for chronic back pain following a workplace injury. His doctor prescribed another drug to counteract drowsiness from taking opioids. Does workers’ comp have to pay for the second medication?
About one out of three U.S. workers gets less than six hours of sleep per night. A new study finds a primary cause of this sleep deprivation.
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