Control Working Hours

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Certain shift patterns can increase the risk of fatigue and limit the time construction workers have to physically and mentally recover.

To avoid provoking worker fatigue, management can:

  • Avoid scheduling shifts that do not allow for at least twelve hours’ rest and try to ensure that shift patterns provide a continuous seven to eight hours of sleep every twenty-four hours, and at least fifty hours every seven days.
  • Avoid scheduling shifts that are longer than eight hours.
  • Avoid planning early starts and night work where possible as these shifts allow for considerably less time to sleep and recover.
  • If it is not possible to adjust shift patterns, monitor and record the hours each person has worked to prevent fatigue and to ensure no one is working excessive hours.
  • If overtime is necessary, plan it in advance so individuals can schedule time for rest, recovery and leisure.
  • Implement a ‘door to door’ policy which factors individual’s commute time into their overall working day.