The decision of two workers to drive home in convoy after night shifts created a "real and substantial connection" between their employment and an accident that led to one of them developing post-traumatic stress disorder, a commission has ruled.
Regulatory strategies aimed at curbing drug use, speeding and driving while fatigued in the heavy vehicle sector are doing little to address the systemic causes of this behaviour, highlighting the urgent need for an independent body empowered to eliminate unsafe economic practices, a Senate inquiry has found.
Sleep surveillance should be part of routine workplace training and medical assessment procedures for industries where fatigue is a safety risk factor, UK researchers say in a study demonstrating the prevalence of low sleep efficiency.
Accommodation facilities for workers should be equipped with "panic buttons", specially trained security personnel and other safety measures, unions have told a parliamentary inquiry into the harassment of women in the fly-in-fly-out industry.
A new practical framework has been launched to help resources employers address the mental health challenges posed by varying rosters, remote work locations and FIFO arrangements. Meanwhile, the sector's peak body has declared its support for a "positive duty" in anti-discrimination laws, citing problems with the WHS regime.
Promoting healthy diets among workers can have a positive impact on safety performance, according to researchers, who found truck drivers who eat more vegetables and coarse grains are less likely to exhibit dangerous driving.
Sleep problems not only erode workers' cognitive abilities but also how they control their emotions, creating health and safety risks during emotionally challenging events, according to researchers calling for "sleep leadership" in workplaces.
A major employer's proposed alcohol restrictions for remote locations are unlikely to endanger workers' mental health, but the company should consult with unions on alternative measures before implementing the rules, the Fair Work Commission has found.
Workers whose body clocks favour evenings are at a significantly greater risk of "poor work ability", suggesting "morningness-eveningness" questionnaires should influence workplace health promotions and scheduling, researchers say.