Fatigue in women significantly increases likelihood of injury

A recent study conducted by the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Work & Environment has revealed that women coping with anxiety, fatigue and depression have an increased vulnerability to injuries at work. The research showed that these factors affect women more so than men.

Job positions ranging from executives to labourers were assessed, with almost 17,000 employees being represented as part of the overall research. It brought to light that men overall are statistically more likely to suffer from a work-related injury, but that factors such as poor-sleep were more detrimental to women in relation to their likelihood of sustaining injuries on the job.

Assistant professor and the study’s lead author Dr Natalie Schwatka stated that “The findings of our study demonstrate that keeping workers safe requires more than your typical safety program. It requires an integrated approach that connects health, well-being, and safety.”

We are also now aware that those who had previously suffered an accident at work, no matter what their gender, were more likely to sustain an injury once again- indicating that when injuries do occur at work, the reasons for why it happened need to be assessed, and employers should act accordingly to prevent these kinds of incidents from occurring again.

Dr.Schwatka also made the point that “There a number of social and cultural factors that may explain why women reported having more behavioural health concerns than men did. Men generally admit to fewer health concerns”.This reminds us that mental health needs to be taken into consideration in the workplace as well as physical well-being.

This latest information comes as part of a more vast, extensive research project, which aims to provide a wider explanation as to how employee health influences workers’ compensation.

This research can now go on to shape policies and encourage the implementation of open policies and integrated health promotion programs.

‘The purpose of these studies is to ‘advance worker health, safety, and well-being’.