Fatigue is an often-ignored workplace hazard. It can take a toll on Colorado workers in several ways. Employers who fail to take fatigue seriously may end up with injured workers that can affect the company's bottom line. Fatigued workers typically struggle to plan when faced with complex tasks because their decision-making skills are compromised. Fatigue can have an impact on a worker's attention span, jeopardizing his or her ability to recognize safety hazards and react quickly.
In addition to a lack of sleep, dim lighting in the workplace can also cause fatigue, as can long shifts on jobs requiring high levels of physical activity. Not enough breaks in shifts that require high levels of mental activity and stress can also bring about fatigue. Sleep disorders, overindulging in alcohol, caffeine and nicotine are other triggers for fatigue during work hours.