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Could fatigue factor into injuries on the job?

Not every day at work turns out to be the most productive; an employee may show up on the job feeling a little tired and sluggish. However, the decision to work while a bit drowsy could lead to regrettable consequences for a Pennsylvania worker. Even a slight loss of concentration due to fatigue may result in an injurious mishap. The injured worker might then rely on a workers’ compensation claim for his or her financial well-being.

Fatigue and concerns about injuries

Fatigue may dull a person’s senses and undermine concentration. Someone working with a power saw could suffer a severe laceration if a lapse in concentration contributes to an error and injury. A tired worker may forget a safety step or become prone to a slip and fall or another type of accident. However, many workers continue to show up on the job and work while fatigued, even when they have an adequate amount of personal or sick days.

Often, someone with a strong work ethic doesn’t see taking a day off to catch up on rest as proper behavior. Unfortunately, the worker might also not see the risk that they pose to themselves or others. An excessively tired machine or vehicle operator could put lives in jeopardy.

Possible options and solutions

Employers may take steps to raise awareness about the severe risks associated with working while fatigued. Training sessions and risk management steps might help cut down on the potential for accidents.

Injured workers could take solace that Pennsylvania is a no-fault workers’ compensation state. No matter who causes an injury or a sickness, the worker may file for workers’ compensation benefits. The process might seem involved and complicated, so hiring an attorney may seem advisable when the process seems overwhelming or the claim ends up challenged or denied. An attorney may assist the worker with the application process.


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