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Fatigue in Mariners

Feb 28, 2018 ISS Comments (0)

Fatigue has long been an issue recognised in the marine industry and has been associated with several accidents at sea. Project MARTHA was launched in 2013, to look at the growing international issue of fatigue in greater detail.

The study aimed to get a better understanding of fatigue, as well as the psychosocial issues associated with long-term fatigue and motivation during long tours of duty. The study was completed over three years by collecting data from industry through questionnaires, diaries and actigraphy watches.

The research conducted under Project MARTHA’s found that:

  • Tours of duty over six months may lead to increased levels of fatigue, loss of sleep quality and reduced motivation;
  • Night-watch keepers are most at risk of falling asleep on duty;
  • Captains feel stressed and fatigued at the end of their tours of duty, and require significant recovery time.


It was also acknowledged that managing the risk of fatigue can improve the health of crew and minimise near-misses, incidents and accidents at sea.


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Is your driver Uber tired?

Oct 20, 2017 ISS Comments (0)




The introduction of ride-sharing has seen an increase in people supplementing their primary income by becoming drivers.

Certain organisations offer incentives to drivers, encouraging them to accept more rides resulting in longer hours worked. Despite ride-sharing organisations having access to hours of driving data, it is not always actively managed, nor do they do not have any information about what the driver has been doing before jumping behind the wheel.

In February 2016, Uber issued a notice to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) announcing a new policy under which drivers would be temporarily deactivated once they reached a 12-hour driving limit. Uber drivers who exceeded the limit a second time would be deactivated permanently. At competitor Lyft, drivers are required to take a 6-hour break for every 14 hours they have been driving, whether they are consecutive or not.

Although these kinds of policies are a good step forward towards managing driver fatigue, they are not mandated globally and do not take into consideration any of the driver’s previous or future activities including other work.

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Split shifts - who's responsible for fatigue?

Apr 20, 2017 ISS Comments (0)

It was recently reported in Australia that airport ground handling staff were concerned about their fatigue levels and the implication it could have on airport safety. Staff are reportedly sleeping in sub-optimal conditions at the airport between working split shifts.The organisation under the spotlight roster 4-hour shifts, which include early morning starts and late finishes. Due to the nature of the employees' permanent part-time contract, they are not guaranteed a predictable roster pattern. In a city like Sydney where the cost of living is extremely high, employees are staying at the airport for up to 5 hours before commencing their next shift, in order to minimise time and financial loss.

This situation raises the question - who is responsible for Fatigue Management in this safety-critical role?

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