Work, Fatigue and Driving: A Deadly Cocktail
by: Australian Bollards on
Here at Australian Bollards, we’re proud to announce that it’s almost time for Australia’s annual National Safe Work Month.
While US #NationalSafetyMonth is almost behind us, and it’s only been a month since Road Safety week, it’s important we remember that our safety responsibilities don’t end when a campaign does.
As some of you already know, a Moscow taxi driver recently ran his car into pedestrians after working for over 20 hours. Unfortunately, the public wasn’t protected by road safety solutions of any kind during this World Cup catastrophe.
Here at Australian Bollards, we’re dedicated to providing Australians year-round protection. We’re proud to be part of National Safe Work Month to explore the most important safety issues we face as Australians.
The Australian Transport Accident Commission allocates fatigue to 50 deaths and nearly 300 serious injuries to Victorians each year.
Studies show drivers are considered to have the same impairment after driving for 24 hours as they would if their blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
Fresh Thinking on a Tired Subject explores the damages fatigue has on public safety and ourselves.
The webinar, published by Safe Work Australia, says that “Unlike speeding or blood alcohol concentration, it is not easy to test for fatigue, making it difficult to identify and manage with confidence.”
Fatigued drivers often experience “microsleeps” while on the road.
Australian Bollards provides road safety solutions. People who are impaired by fatigue are more likely to have inappropriate lane deviation, have slower responses to other drivers and their own steering, and have a greater variation in their own speed.
“I think we have a tendency in modern life to think of fatigue as just part of life, just part of how it is. We’re all busy, we’re all tired, we all have a lot on our plate. Now I think that sometimes this can feed into a sense of complacency about fatigue, and perhaps prevent us from thinking about it as a risk that we need to manage.”
“They can also experience impaired visual scanning or tunnel vision, and they generally have slower reaction times. And of course, they’re at risk of a microsleep.”
Here at Australian Bollards, we’ve been working year-round for 26 years to ensure motorist and pedestrian safety by proving reliable, quality and cost-effective road safety solutions to our clients.
We fit bollards in areas experiencing high amounts of foot and road traffic, such as in school zones, ensuring children and parents are protected during drop-off and pick-up time, as well as during school hours.
Symptoms of fatigue include headaches, dizziness, sore or aching muscles, impaired decision-making and judgement, and irritability. It’s important that all Australians pay attention to the warning signs of fatigue when we drive.
If you’re planning an event, own a business or are at all concerned about pedestrian safety, visit www.australianbollards.com.au for a brochure and more information, or call us on + 613 9459 3488
For more information on National Safe Work Month: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/news-and-events/national-safe-work-month
To access the Fresh Thinking on a Tired Subject webinar: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/media/fresh-thinking-tired-subject