Monday, November 06, 2006

Chronic fatigue after long working hours

October 2002 Mark Fiebig was killed when he fell asleep at the wheel of his car driving home from work. His employer has recently been found guilty of breaching health and safety laws and fined £30k + £24k costs as it was felt they had failed to monitor work hours closely enough.

This is interesting because the accident happened outside work hours. Admittedly the hours being worked were way in excess of what most would do, with it being reported that he had worked 17 hour shifts for four consecutive days. But it is a point I have raised with clients in the past, especially following night shifts. I have tried to encourage them to consider what they would do if someone said they felt really tired. Would they drive the employee home to make sure he got there safely?

The case is reported in a number of places including

Norwich Union

Cambridge evening news

TUC

1 comment:

Henry Bowles said...

We have a test to screen workers for fatigue before work or after work - before driving home. Please check www.bowles-langley.com.