Managing Occupational Road Risk Related to Fatigue
There were 2,524 fatigue-related road crashes in 2016, according to the latest Department for Transport figures, and 546 of these resulted in someone being killed or seriously injured. Commercial vehicle drivers, shift workers and individuals suffering from sleep disorders are key groups at an increased risk of a fatigue-related road traffic collisions. They are more likely to drive in fatiguing situations, including long journeys, under time pressure, after long working hours, at times of the day when sleepiness levels naturally peak, and following sleep loss. Individual differences, other health conditions, social and domestic circumstances and poor driver awareness of fatigue and effective countermeasures to manage the risks can also put drivers at an increased risk of sleep related road traffic incidents at work.