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Fighting driver fatigue: Creating fatigue management plans

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Fatigue is a very real issue facing managements today, especially in the busy logistics and transport industry.

Driver fatigue has been cited by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) as a contributing factor in 104 crashes, 18 fatalities and 16 serious injuries involving trucks between 2009 and 2013. According to the Victorian Government in Australia, a driver who has been awake for 17 hours faces the same risk of a crash as someone with a blood alcohol reading of 0.05, the legal limit for drivers in Australia. Drivers who have been awake for 24 hours face the same risk as a person with a BAC of 0.1 g/100ml. The same driver is also seven times more at risk to have an accident.

The Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue reform of 2008 was introduced to prevent heavy vehicle drivers from being at the wheel for long stretches, and to ensure they have enough rest between jobs. This legislation holds all parties in the ‘Chain of Responsibility’ liable for breaches of legislation.

Mitrefinch understands the impact of fatigue on a worker’s ability to operate effectively, thus reducing performance and productivity, and increasing the danger of workplace accidents.

The automated time and attendance system available from Mitrefinch Australia enables management to monitor employee data and carefully plan rosters and work schedules while automating alerts and warnings, allowing the company to implement an effective fatigue management plan.

Mitrefinch’s automated time and attendance system will also offer a complete, auditable trail of compliance that can be quickly produced in the event of an accident. 

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