Scheme to award fatigue management in the railway industry continues
Posted: April 9, 2013
Posted in: Public Transport Workplace Injuries
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has announced that its award scheme for innovative schemes to manage fatigue in the railway industry is to run for a second year.
The prize aims to raise the profile of occupational health issues in the sector.
IOSH Railway Group chair Martin Leeks said: “Fatigue can cause injuries and deaths to workers and passengers on our railways. It hampers mental alertness and affects performance, causing errors because of reduced concentration, perception, judgement and even memory. Ultimately, it can lead to drowsiness and involuntary sleeping, which may cause accidents.”
IOSH wants to see the rail industry follow airline companies’ example, where pilots’ hours have been reduced in favour of ensuring they are fit for work.
“Regulations are there for a reason — we don’t just want rail companies to pay lip service to them. Any which are subjecting staff to too many working hours are not only breaking the law, but risking the health and safety of those employees, their passengers, as well as their bottom lines,” Mr Leeks concluded.
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