A Senate inquiry into sleep health awareness has warned that many employers use suboptimal shift structures that endanger workers' health and safety, and recommended the development of a nationally consistent approach to work hours and rest breaks for shift workers.
A "world-first" study conducted for the National Transport Commission, which will inform new safety laws, has confirmed the ability of alertness monitoring technology to identify fatigue-related impairment in truck drivers.
Shift work disorder (SWD) affects more than just night workers, according to European researchers, who found the symptoms are particularly prominent during morning shifts, causing workers to be sleepier and eroding their alertness.
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A worker was playing cricket when he was injured to help him transition safely between shift schedules, and did so in the course of his employment regardless of whether he was required to "manage" his time off, a tribunal full bench has confirmed.
Exiting the workforce might not be as bad for workers' physical and mental health as some studies suggest, while Australia's increasing retirement age could compound the deleterious impacts of strenuous work and fatigue on older employees, researchers have found.
An employer has unsuccessfully argued that it isn't liable for a burnt-out worker's psychological injury because it was caused by his personality traits, including a strong work ethic and high standards.