Avoid Workplace Fatigue On Your Construction Projects

Workplace Fatigue, A common Problem For Construction Contractors

Poor, bad and below normal construction labor productivity hinders effective construction planning. This means failure in many other functional areas of operations including employee performance, jobsite safety, timely task completion, and overall company profits. Yet many construction firms lack the ability to properly measure, examine and compile labor-related productivity data. But there is a solution. It begins by learning how to examine, create, manage and change the associated causes of inadequate labor productivity.

Many factors affect the efficiency of labor productivity in construction. This article sets focus on the effects and management of workplace fatigue. For a comprehensive list of all labor productivity factors common to the construction industry, review the Mechanical Contractors Association of America report on “
Impacting Factors on Construction Crew Productivity

Workplace Fatigue And The Consequences of Inefficient Labor Productivity

Year after year, engineering procurement, construction companies, contractors, and owner operators suffer the consequences of inefficient labor productivity. In many events, workplace fatigue accounts for much of the cause and effect.

Reports from the CDC suggest that one out of three adults fail to get sufficient sleep. We all tend to run on fumes, racing to meet existing deadlines, better the schedule, and all-the-while seeking to enjoy late nights while rising to early morning work hours. No one gets sufficient sleep. And for shift works, the problems associated with sleep disruption amplify. Fatigue sets in quickly. Calls to overtime up the ante. Before long, your crew begins to endure additional worker health problems. They miss more work… or they do work when they should not work. Dangers include:

  • Operation of dangerous machinery while fighting the ravages of sleep deprivation  
  • Missing key elements of quality while day-sleeping even while working
  • Injury to self and/or others due to excessively heavy eyelids
  • OR just managing to make each and every day without causing some serious fatigue-related incident.

Tips To Help Employers Avoid Construction Worker Workplace Fatigue

It’s called a Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS). It’s a program crafted to proactively reduce workplace hazards related to workplace fatigue. The process is simple:

  • Examine, identify, create, change and manage the fatigue factors associated with labor productivity
  • Establish a fatigue-focused management policy
  • Require education and training on the dangers and prevention of sleep-related mistakes
  • Investigate fatigue-related cause and effect on all incidents
  • Set up a risk management program that includes a routine reporting system
  • Improve as necessary.

Construction Management Software Helps Reduce Issues With Labor Productivity

Even when construction contractors seek to best workplace fatigue via an informal system, access to a well-crafted construction management software application can help you save time and increase returns. For example, the Assignar workforce and asset allocation and planning tools can help you:

  • Manage automated employee training
  • Ensure adequate staffing
  • Plan more efficient work schedules
  • Manage education and training processes
  • Adjust for known worker medical conditions
  • Document all processes.

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