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Health and Wellbeing at Work

13 Mar 2024

Driving Tired Kills: Conversations About Sleep, Fatigue and Driving Risk

Dr Karen McDonnell
Fatigue is one of the top 4 topics that the occupational health and safety professional needs to have a better understanding of. For many workers driving or riding for work is the most dangerous activity they undertake at work. Driver fatigue causes hundreds of crashes on our roads every year. These are around 50% more likely to result in death or serious injury. When drivers fall asleep, the police find no signs of braking, or any avoiding actions, so they tend to result in higher speed collisions. This session will provide a ‘wakeup call’ for individual drivers and those who drive and ride for work. Reflecting the RoSPA Driving and Riding for Work project funded by Transport Scotland it will assist organisations to understand the importance of managing fatigue as any other risk to their organisation.
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