Fatigue is a chronic physiological condition that occurs when steps to address tiredness are not taken, leading to an individual becoming unable to perform effectively. Fatigue can have an impact on decision-making, leading to risky situations usually found unacceptable.
At TXM Plant, we offer support and guidance in dealing with fatigue management, so all our teams feel empowered to take action when they spot the warning signs. Managing the risks of fatigue is essential for maintaining reliability and safety standards. The health and wellbeing of our workforce are paramount. At TXM, we continue to strengthen our strategies to minimise and eliminate risk across our operations.
Fatigue is a high-risk factor in the rail industry. Signs of fatigue can include:
-Reduced mental alertness
-Inability to process information
-Inability to make decisions and react
-Disinterest in the task at hand
-Inability to perceive risks
-Increased tolerance to certain risks usually found unacceptable
At TXM we are responsible for the health and safety of our people, all day, every day. Longer working hours are sometimes required in exceptional or emergency circumstances, that’s why TXM has several steps in place to reduce fatigue.
We aim to ensure that everyone understands fatigue and is provided with the correct tools, resources and education to effectively manage individual fatigue risk and its importance. TXM’s robust fatigue management process accounts for work orders, training records, turns of duty, rest periods, working time limits, and door-to-door travel times.
As individuals, all TXM employees also have a personal responsibility to manage their fatigue levels while looking out for signs in others. Our workforce is encouraged to monitor their fatigue levels daily, and when in doubt, contact their Line Manager or Local Site Manager immediately.
Some basic signs of fatigue to look out for include:
-Fidgeting or eye rubbing
-Frequent yawning, staring blankly, or frequent blinking
-Nodding head, difficulty keeping eyes open and focused, or long blinks
Consecutive days of not getting enough sleep creates brain fog leading to fatigue that can have a serious impact on your medical health. Many steps can be taken to reduce fatigue, including prioritising sleep, creating a healthy sleep routine, staying hydrated, regular exercise, and following a healthy diet.
As a business, we will continue to rigorously manage fatigue to improve staff health, morale and performance, ultimately reducing accidents and incidents that could occur in the future.