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RESEARCH AND BRIEFINGS

Fatigue Management - Wake Up to the Risks

 


Work related fatigue is not new. Although the total number of fatal incidents in the workplace has decreased over recent years, a significant portion (two-thirds) of all work related fatalities involves vehicles. 

It is important to acknowledge that safety and fatigue management are just one piece to the much larger risk management puzzle. A company needs to review all of its business risks – identify the risks, analyse whether there is adequate control or mitigation strategies in place, and report the findings and recommendations to senior management so that a decision can be made on how to manage the risks.

Too frequently, we have seen how quickly one accident can cripple an entire company. Particularly when fatalities are involved and the incident occurs in a public place, media attention is inevitable and often leads to reputational damage, loss of business and scrutiny from regulatory authorities. With so much at stake, organisations need to find a balance within the complex web of risk exposures, risk tolerance level, budgetary constraints and regulatory compliance.

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