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Toolbox Talk - Fatigue the silent killer

Max People Health & Safety Bulletin

Feeling flat? 

Construction work is a hard slog at times. The long hours, physical and mental challenges take their toll on us. Add in the heat of a long summer day and by the end of the week, we are feeling absolutely knackered.

If we don't look after ourselves we are heading towards a possible break down. The human body is a marvellous thing but it can only take so much stress before it starts to fail.

Ways to help yourself.

  • Don't burn the candle at both ends. Try for at least 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep a night.
  • Avoid naps. Try going to sleep and waking up at similar times each day
  • Turn the phone and computer off well before you head to bed
  • Avoid eating large meals right before sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat & drink the right stuff. Keep away from the pies
  • Take all scheduled work breaks. Eat a snack or exercise during the break, it will refresh you
  • Stay well hydrated, drink plenty of water or electrolytes throughout the day
  • Slip-on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slip on a hat
  • Talk to your doctor about your concerns

Keep an eye on your mates. If they look a bit jaded, keep yawning or falling asleep during breaks have a quiet word or tell the foreman.