Fatigue and Heavy Machinery
Many jobs in the construction and manufacturing industry require the use of heavy machinery. Although the machines are potentially dangerous, workers are specially trained to operate these machines in a manner that presents a reduced risk of harm to themselves and to other people. However, a person should never operate machinery if he or she is under the influence of prescription drugs or other factors that induce drowsiness and fatigue.
Dangers of Drowsiness
Many drugs carry a specific warning against the operation of heavy machinery while taking them. However, many people may fail to heed these warnings and continue to do dangerous jobs that require a high degree of focus and competence. It is important to refrain from operating heavy equipment when under the influence of:
- Prescription drugs
- Severe fatigue
A person under the influence of any of these factors may experience a slow reaction time, impaired coordination, and lack of judgment. Someone who is fatigued or unfocused may not be able to perform dangerous tasks to their optimal potential. For this reason, it is important to refrain from operating heavy machinery when in an impaired mental state.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with heavy machinery due to the negligence of another person or party, you may be entitled to legal compensation from the party at fault for your losses. To learn more about your legal rights, contact a qualified Iowa construction accident attorney from LaMarca & Landry, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.