Inside Fatigue Science

FS Blog - train derailment

Addressing runaway trains and public safety

In light of the Spanish railway accident that killed 79 people and injured almost 1,000 in July of this year, a recent USA Today article highlighted concerns about the implementation of safety measures on US intercity and commuter railroads.
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Unpaid interns at the centre of an epidemic

Fatigue is an epidemic in our society. In over 40% of 18 to 25 year-olds have reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the last month, and 7% of 25 to 35 year-olds have nodded off while driving in the same period of time.
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Would you get in the plane with a pilot who has been awake for 22 hours?

A new poll has revealed that nine out of 10 people are concerned about the proposed changes to flying rules that could lead to an aircraft being flown by a pilot who has been awake for 22 hours.
FS Blog - truck on dangerous snowy highway

Why the answer to reducing truck driver fatigue is with evidence based data

The assumptions behind U.S. Department of Transportation's new regulations are that the longer drivers are behind the wheel the greater their risk of having an accident and by giving drivers more time off they will get more rest. However, with drivers finding it acceptable to switch shifts to meet the demands of shipping, we are still going to be a long way from reducing driver fatigue from our roads.
FS Blog - Westjet aircraft at gate

Why we need to stop using the term human error in accident investigations

In order for high-risk organizations such as aviation, air traffic control, healthcare or nuclear industry where reducing accident risk is imperative to the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees, objective data must be used to identify the root cause of human error in accidents.
FS Blog - roadtrain truck

New research shows that limiting drivers hours won't reduce driver fatigue

ANTARC studied all 461 truck accidents from 2011 in Australia and concluded that 68% of all fatigue related incidents occurred within 250 km and 85% of the fatigue related incidents occurred within 500 km of the beginning of their journey, not the end.
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Global BC News: Sleep deprivation caused YVR near miss

Ted Cherneki, reports on the level of fatigue the air traffic controller was suffering in 2011 when two Westjet flights nearly collided at YVR airport.
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Westjet near accident: YVR fatigued air traffic controller

Fatigue related accidents and close calls are completely preventable.
FS Blog - air traffic controller

FAST used to identify fatigue as a factor in recent Vancouver airport incident

FAST identified that the airport controller did not obtain sufficient sleep before their shift. In addition, the airport controller’s schedule did not permit enough adaptation time, requiring the controller to sleep during the day in an attempt to be adequately rested for the night shift.
FS Blog - OH&S highway truck accident

New regulations in the US designed to reduce truck driver fatigue

Driver fatigue is a serious problem in North America, with studies showing that 30% of fatal commercial truck crashes are fatigue related.