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Fatigue risk in your operations – real or rubbish? It actually depends …


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Author B Haskins and T Dawson


Fatigue … is it the newest buzz word or is fatigue a real phenomenon that is creating safety and organisational risk for you? There is no debate that fatigue is natural, and it affects us all, just like gravity; however, there has been much debate on the severity of its impact in the workplace. For many years the impact was not measurable, hidden out of sight and, quite frankly, written off as the infamous ‘operator error’. Over the last several years, advancements in technology have provided safety and health professionals, sleep scientists, fatigue experts and organisations with the ability to monitor and detect fatigue events in real time, as well as predict and monitor increased risk for fatigue events. Caterpillar Safety Services has assembled an extensive and exceptional set of technologies that will provide the best methods and data to measure the impact of fatigue. This paper will discuss fatigue in the workplace and review the technologies and data sets available, which will allow the reader to determine whether this risk is real … or rubbish.


Haskins, B and Dawson, T, 2017. Fatigue risk in your operations – real or rubbish? It actually depends …, in Proceedings 13th AusIMM Underground Operators’ Conference 2017, pp 137–142 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).