Fatigue is a major influence contributing too many maintenance errors resulting in accidents. Employers should establish fatigue management systems that involve everyone employees, management, and regulating authorities in developing environments to help identify the components that cause fatigue and monitor operations to detect the presence of fatigue before it becomes a problem. Diminished cognitive ability, decision-making, reaction time, coordination, speed, strength, and balance are signs that fatigue is present in the work area.
Because “powering through” fatigue is simply not an acceptable option, fatigue management systems allow workers, supervisors, and managers to recognize fatigue in the maintenance area....
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