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Study: Many Americans Dangerously Fatigued at Work

Among American workers, 16 percent admit having fallen asleep on the road. (
Among American workers, 16 percent admit having fallen asleep on the road. (
July 31, 2017

ITASCA, Ill. – How many times a week do you say you're tired?

For some, it's actually causing problems in their lives and on the job.

A new report by the National Safety Council finds more than half of American workers feel less productive because they're too tired, and 4 in 10 have trouble focusing and remembering things.

Sure to make the boss unhappy: 27 percent nod off while on the job, and more disturbingly, 16 percent have fallen asleep on the road.

Report author Emily Whitcomb says those numbers should serve as a wake-up call.

"Forty-three percent of the workers were not getting enough sleep every day,” she points out. “That's almost half of our workforce that are working impaired. It jeopardizes safety at work and on the road."

The report found people who live in the Midwest are least likely to be fatigued at work, while those in the southern states report the highest number of risk factors.

The report looked at nine different risk factors causing fatigue, and almost all of the respondents had at least one.

Whitcomb says one problem is many Americans are working multiple jobs in order to make ends meet.

"We actually found that in 60 percent of our survey respondents who worked multiple jobs, they were working 50 or more hours a week," she states.

Nearly 3 in 10 reported falling asleep on the job at least once in the last month. Those most at risk work the night shift, long shifts or irregular shifts.

Whitcomb says fatigued worker productivity costs employers $1,200 to $3,100 per employee annually.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - IL