Motor vehicle crashes cause over 40% of work-related deaths in the oil and gas extraction industry (Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries).
Fatigue driving is a major factor in many of those crashes. So what can workers and employers do to prevent fatigued driving? Take a look at these quick tips and strategies from the CDC and NIOSH.
- Get enough sleep- shoot for 7-9 hours of sleep each day in a comfortable environment, especially before and after work shifts.
- Understand your company's policy on fatigue management and HOS- plan your trips around areas where you can take rest breaks required and check in with your supervisor regularly.
- Maintain good health- keeping an active lifestyle improves quality of sleep. Exercise regularly and make sure you know the signs of sleep deprivation.
- Take Breaks- pull over frequently for nap or coffee breaks along your routes. If you are feeling tired, you should nap for at least 20-30 min before resuming travel.
Download the Fatigued Driving Facts & Tips Sheet by visiting the following links:
For Employers: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2018-125/pdfs/2018-125.pdf