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Are professional drivers less sleepy than non-professional drivers?
Objective: It is generally believed that professional drivers can manage quite severe fatigue before routine driving performance is affected. In addition, there are results indicating that professional drivers can adapt to prolonged night shifts and may be able to learn to drive without decreased performance under high levels of sleepiness. However, very little research has been conducted to compare professionals and non-professionals when controlling for time driven and time of day. Method: The aim of this study was to use a driving simulator to investigate whether professional drivers are more...
Trucks driving fatalities
Data released by Safe Work Australia today in the report Work-related fatalities involving trucks, Australia 2003 to 2012 show an alarming number of Australia's truck drivers are being killed at work each year. The report outlines target areas to help reduce truck-related fatalities, including: •managing public road travel to reduce fatigue and using appropriate speed for the conditions •ensuring that vehicles are braked appropriately •increasing awareness of pedestrian workers and members of the public •ensuring that vehicles and equipment are maintained appropriately and...
The effect of external non-driving factors, payment type and waiting and queuing on fatigue in long distance trucking
INTRODUCTION : The aim of this study was to explore the effects of external influences on long distance trucking, in particular, incentive-based remuneration systems and the need to wait or queue to load or unload on driver experiences of fatigue. METHODS : Long distance truck drivers (n=475) were recruited at truck rest stops on the major transport corridors within New South Wales, Australia and asked to complete a survey by self-administration or interview. The survey covered demographics, usual working arrangements, details of the last trip and safety outcomes including fatigue experiences....
Assessing sleepiness and sleep disorders in Australian long-distance commercial vehicle drivers
Self-report versus an "at home" monitoring device STUDY OBJECTIVES: As obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with a higher risk of motor vehicle crashes, there is increasing regulatory interest in the identification of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers with this condition. This study aimed to determine the relationship between subjective versus objective assessment of OSA in CMV drivers. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. SETTINGS: Heavy vehicle truck stops located across the road network of 2 large Australian states. PARTICIPANTS: A random sample of long distance commercial vehicle...
ETSC just published its third PRAISE Fact Sheet
Following the publication of the PRAISE Thematic Report on Fitness to Drive ETSC interviewed the Haulage company Fredso Vognmandsforretning, to gain insight on how even a small company can invest in road safety, notably by addressing drink driving through the use of alcolocks. Source : http://osha.europa.eu/en/news/eu-etsc-sme-good-practice-on-alcohol-and-fittness-to-drive
Assessing the effectiveness of the Workplace Transport Route Map
This report describes a study to assess whether the workplace transport 'Route Map' is an effective tool to help users manage workplace transport risks. The Health and Safety Executive wanted to assess whether the Route Map had fulfilled the needs of stakeholders as originally expressed in the Route Map public consultation and whether or not it currently provides a useful resource for industry. Telephone interviews with a representative sample of the Route Map users were conducted and the findings revealed that the original consultees' expectations had been adequately met. Furthermore...

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