Human factors briefing note no. 5 – Fatigue

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  • Published: July 2011
  • REF/ISBN: 9780852936085-5
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Status: New

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A feeling of weariness caused by prolonged or excessive exertion (not just physical exertion, but mental exertion for example from intense concentration).

Why fatigue?

Fatigue can play a significant role in the causation of incidents and accidents, since a fatigued worker is more likely to err or show poor decision making. It is important to ensure that fatigue (and its prevention) is managed proactively by the organisation.

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