2019 Industry Fatigue Report

2019 Industry Fatigue Report

Checkout our new industry report about fighting fatigue written for Australian Industry. The report gives a rundown on the impacts of fatigue on Australian industry both personal and financial. Worker fatigue is fast becoming one of the most critical safety issues in Australian Industry today. Research has shown that fatigue is four times more likely to be a contributor to workplace impairment that drugs or alcohol and that up to 30% of all workplace accidents are directly related to worker fatigue. Fatigue is more than feeling tired and drowsy. In a work context, fatigue is a state of mental and/or physical exhaustion which reduces a person’s ability to perform work safely and effectively. Fatigue manifests itself in many ways;

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low motivation
  • Impaired decision-making and judgement
  • Reduced hand-eye coordination or slow reflexes
  • Other changes in behaviour, for example repeatedly arriving late for work

Fatigue reduces productivity in all aspects of work and can lead to errors and an increase in incidents and injuries, particularly when:

  • Operating fixed or mobile plant, including driving vehicles
  • Undertaking critical tasks that require a high level of concentration
  • Undertaking night or shift work when a person would ordinarily be
  • Sleeping


The report explains what fatigue is and how it affects the body. How fatigue is based on biochemical actions in the brain and the body and how targeted supplementation can reduce the impacts of fatigue and keep workers safer in the field. Central nervous system fatigue is a state in the body in which the level of the catecholamine neurotransmitters (brain signalling chemicals) become depleted. The brain relies on these neurotransmitters to concentrate, produce motor function remain alert and motivate you. When the brain becomes depleted it is difficult to work safely and feelings fatigue will ensue. Through targeted supplementation of the nutrients your brain uses to remain alert and fight fatigue you can improve energy levels, motivation and ultimately worker safety.