26 Mar 100% Tie-Off: Lethal Connection to Sleep Deprivation?
We talk about it a lot. Number one safety issue through the wireless industry, NATE, WISPA, and all workers at height. The single largest cause of fatalities. Not enough emphasis can be placed on being tied off at all times. We all know this, yet we all have to continue to stress the importance because of how many deaths and injuries continue to occur simply because a worker is not attached to a structure.
But why, or why not?
But why does a worker make the choice not to attach? I recently read a very interesting article in a UK based health and safety magazine. The information presented in this piece details the implications of sleep deprivation when it comes to workers, their safety, decision making processes and overall ability to work safely. Excerpt:
“Before you blame the worker, or even the PPE itself for workplace incidents, consider that the worker may be sleep deprived. Often, when a worker is confronted for violating the policy requiring fall protection, he or she will likely shrug and say, “I forgot.” Forgetting to wear gear that is so much a part of the work routine may sound like a lame excuse, but it may not be. Many safety professionals are realising that human errors, behavioural drift and even recklessness can be traced to a growing threat to workplace safety –a lack of sleep.”
Read more here.