Transport, Truckers and Tiredness

Fatigue has long been considered a factor in trucking accidents, and affecting long haul drivers in particular. In the USA it has been estimated that fatigue was a factor in over 50% of motor vehicle accidents, with a related cost of over $37 billion. A US lawyer specialising in trucking accidents litigation has suggested US National Transportation Safety Board Studies indicate driver fatigue is a significant factor in 20% of all truck accident fatalities and 7% of truck accidents overall. In a NTSB survey of drivers a third admitted they had fallen asleep at the wheel in the previous 12 months.

Causes of driver fatigue are many and varied. Lifestyle, body metabolism, diet and hydration, amount of sleep and rest, alcohol & drug consumption, medical conditions, are but a few of the factors that induce or cause fatigue. In 2000 joint research by the University of Otago and the University of New South Wales focussed on sleep deprivation as a significant cause of driver fatigue.

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Wellness Accessible for All Workplaces

There are many ways in which workplaces can start to address wellness and health promotion. Providing relevant information to employees regarding health is key.

TriEx are creating a range of free resources that your workplace can access at any time, starting with a number of free articles relating to Spring and Summer wellness topics.

The end of the year is approaching and soon many employees will take leave. Reminding our people on ways to keep both them and their families and friends safe and well is important. Read on for tips on staying hydrated …

As our NZ summer approaches it’s time to think about staying hydrated.

Dehydration may be responsible for your back pain, or problems with short-term memory, difficulty with eye focus, kidney stones, bladder infections, dry skin, and constipation. It is also the number one trigger of daytime fatigue. Drinking enough water can also significantly reduce your chances of getting colon, breast, and kidney cancer and problems with obesity.

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