Driver fatigue is a major contributing factor in vehicle crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatigued or drowsy driving may contribute to 100,000 crashes each year, causing an estimated 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths. Vehicle crashes can impact your company’s operating costs, productivity, and employee morale.
Causes of Fatigue
Fatigue is defined as a state of being very tired or exhausted. Factors that cause fatigue can be varied and unique to the individual. The time of day; the nature of the task being performed; and an individual’s mental and physical health, body temperature, circadian rhythm, driving experience, and age all can cause fatigue.
Employers and employees hold a joint responsibility to address driver fatigue. It’s the responsibility of the employee to get the appropriate amount of sleep and take scheduled breaks. Employers are responsible for encouraging open communication so employees feel comfortable reporting an inability to drive due to fatigue. Consider planning ahead with the following:
An individual’s decision-making and thought processes can be impaired while he or she is drowsy. For this reason, it’s important to plan ahead to address driver fatigue. By understanding the causes and actions you can take to help minimize driving fatigue, you can help reduce the risk of vehicle crashes and protect your employees and property.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Research on Drowsy Driving. Retrieved fromhttp://www.nhtsa.gov/Driving+Safety/Distracted+Driving+at+Distraction.gov/Research+on+Drowsy+Driving and https://www.osha.gov
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