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Facing up to fatigue

Facing up to fatigue

16 Sep 2015

As an industry that works such unsociable hours in high pressure environments, railway staff are familiar with fatigue in the workplace. In a safety critical environment, tiredness can most certainly kill.

Since the creation of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) in 2005, there have been a number of accidents where fatigue has been highlighted as a major contributing factor. Falling asleep on the job, although very serious, isn’t the only risk fatigue poses. Someone who has been up for more than 24 hours is likely to have the same level of impairment as someone who is over the drink drive limit. Slower reaction times and blunted decision making can be just as dangerous.

Read the full article on the RailStaff website

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