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Hours of work, and perceptions of fatigue among truck drivers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9248505     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Drivers and companies operating in the heavy road transport industry were surveyed about drivers' hours of work and perceptions of the causes and magnitude of fatigue as an industry problem. These drivers were operating in a state which, at the time of the survey, did not restrict driving hours for heavy haulage drivers. On the day of the interview, estimates based on retrospective and prospective reports, suggest that in a 24 hour period about 38% of drivers exceed 14 hours of driving, and 51% exceed 14 hours of driving plus other non-driving work. About 12% of drivers reported less than 4 hours of sleep on one or more working days in the week preceding the interview. These drivers are likely to be operating their vehicles while having a significant sleep debt. About 20% of drivers reported less than 6 hours sleep before starting their current journey, but nearly 40% of dangerous events that occurred on the journey were reported by these drivers (p < 0.05). Many drivers and company representatives reported fatigue to be a problem for other drivers, but considered themselves or their companies' drivers to be relatively unaffected by fatigue. There were differences between drivers' and companies' perceptions about causes of fatigue, and strategies that should be used to manage it. The results obtained from these drivers in an unregulated state were compared with earlier findings from drivers in states where driving hours restrictions are in place.
P K Arnold; L R Hartley; A Corry; D Hochstadt; F Penna; A M Feyer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Accident; analysis and prevention     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0001-4575     ISO Abbreviation:  Accid Anal Prev     Publication Date:  1997 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-10-09     Completed Date:  1997-10-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254476     Medline TA:  Accid Anal Prev     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  471-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Psychology Division, Murdoch University, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control,  psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control,  psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Fatigue / epidemiology,  prevention & control,  psychology*
Middle Aged
New Zealand / epidemiology
Occupational Diseases / epidemiology,  prevention & control,  psychology*
Risk Factors
Sleep Deprivation
Work Schedule Tolerance*
Workload / psychology*

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