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Promoting Accident Prevention by Combating Fatigue

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Mandi Cohen

Booz Allen Hamilton, Los Angeles, CA

Paper No. IMECE2002-32462, pp. 49-52; 4 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3647-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Employees are increasingly working the nightshift or increased overtime. Many employees are operating systems while fatigued. Fatigue is induced by a number of factors, but most often it is caused by lack of sleep. Individuals who work late at night, longer than normal shifts, or random shift times may be prone to errors in attention, decision-making, and response to pertinent information. These errors lead to accidents. There are several simple methods to dramatically reduce the effect abnormal working hours has on the body. Fatigue is beginning to be recognized as a contributing factor in accidents, however more can be accomplished. Methods can be applied by both the employee and employer to prevent accidents from occurring as a result of fatigue. This paper will focus on methods of reducing the risk of human error in the workplace and address countermeasures used to reduce fatigue thus promoting a safer working environment.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Fatigue , Safety



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