The 2005 Texas City BP oil refinery explosion, the 2009 Colgan Air Crash, the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger and the nuclear accidents at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island have something in common, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) — workplace fatigue was a contributing factor.
Mental and physical fatigue costs the U.S. economy over $136 billion in health-related lost production time, OSHA said. In manufacturing specifically, over 57% of workers have reported being fatigued at work, according to research from Auburn University. The research found workers reported feeling fatigue mostly in the ankles/feet, lower back and eyes.
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