In order to operate heavy equipment safely, it’s important that the operator be fully alert at all times. Driver fatigue can easily lead to a serious accident, putting the safety of the driver, the crew, and any bystanders in jeopardy. That’s why anybody who maintains a worksite needs to understand how to prevent driver fatigue. These are some of the most common causes of driver fatigue:
Lack of sleep
If a driver fails to get restful sleep on a regular basis, it can make it impossible for them to operate heavy machinery. Most adults need at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night in order to stay healthy and remain alert throughout the day. Employers can help to reduce this risk by encouraging their employees to come in to work feeling rested and ready for the day.
Not enough breaks
Even a well-rested employee needs to take breaks. Operating heavy equipment for hours on end is exhausting, and it can take a toll on anyone’s level of readiness. The less alert you are, the harder it is for you to respond quickly. A fatigued driver will be less ready to respond to a collision risk, which can result in an accident. Employers should set strict standards for the number of hours an employee can operate machinery, and mandate breaks throughout the day.
Failing to stay hydrated
It’s also important to ensure that operators of heavy machinery stay hydrated throughout the workday. It’s easy for busy employees to get distracted and forget to drink the fluids that will prevent them from getting sick and exhausted. Worksite temperatures can get extremely high, which can put your employees’ safety at risk—particularly if they have to wear heavy clothing. Every employee working in hot temperatures should be drinking about four cups of water an hour to prevent dehydration.
Guardvant is dedicated to providing worksites with the tools they need to improve their safety systems, such as driver monitoring software. If you are looking for effective solutions for your Tucson site, give us a call today at (520) 299-1911.