Inside Fatigue Science

It's 3 am, do you know how fatigued your workers are?

When the news of the Chicago train derailment came across our desks last week, we immediately took notice of the time of day the incident occurred. We know from experience and science, that 3 AM is not an optimal time for us to be up and about, performing safety sensitive tasks.
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Is sleep apnea affecting workplace safety in your organization?

Sleep apnea is a “chronic medical condition that is associated with excessive daytime sleepiness, inattention, and fatigue. It may impair daily function, induce or exacerbate cognitive deficits, and increase the likelihood of errors and injuries.”
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BetaKit: Don't be the drunken entrepreneur

Betakit writer, John Gray, spent some time with Fatigue Science CEO, Sean Kerklaan, to discuss Fatigue Science's technology, the CEO life, and how the science behind sleep and performance matters to industrial workers, professional elite athletes, and start-up CEO's alike.
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Readiband technology to be included in WSU presentation at White House Safety Datapalooza

Researchers at Washington State University have been looking at ways of leveraging data from wearable or mobile technology to help keep police officers safe and effective on the job. Enter their ‘BeSharp’ app which utilizes Fatigue Science’s Readiband technology and our SAFTE algorithm.

Using technology to address driver fatigue in the railroad industry

As new details of the recent train derailment in New York emerge, questions about risk management in the railroad industry keep surfacing.
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The Globe and Mail: Helping companies track and optimize workers' sleep schedules

Instead of displaying an essentially arbitrary unit of fatigue on graphs, it expresses its in a far more familiar context: Blood-alcohol level.
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Showing up to work tired is just like showing up to work drunk

"During the last few decades the average American has lost an hour and a half of sleep per night. Sleep researchers at Harvard say the workplace is suffering to the tune of $63 billion a year as a result of insomnia, and all the health and productivity problems that go with it..."
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Truck News: Can a high-tech wristband measure driver fatigue and predict crashes?

Managing fatigue has always been an issue in the trucking industry, all the more so as the professional driver population ages.
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Scientific scrutiny needed in pilot scheduling regulations

New regulations to standardize time limits for pilots flying across the European Union (EU) were proposed "in an attempt to reduce fatigue and enhance aviation safety".
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Falling asleep at the wheel is easier than you think

Falling asleep at the wheel is easier than you think. Likewise, fatigued workers could be micro-sleeping and causing major accidents.
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Addressing runaway trains and public safety

In light of the Spanish railway accident that killed 79 people and injured almost 1,000 in July of this year, a recent USA Today article highlighted concerns about the implementation of safety measures on US intercity and commuter railroads.
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Unpaid interns at the centre of an epidemic

Fatigue is an epidemic in our society. In over 40% of 18 to 25 year-olds have reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the last month, and 7% of 25 to 35 year-olds have nodded off while driving in the same period of time.
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Would you get in the plane with a pilot who has been awake for 22 hours?

A new poll has revealed that nine out of 10 people are concerned about the proposed changes to flying rules that could lead to an aircraft being flown by a pilot who has been awake for 22 hours.
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Army-technology.com: Fighting fatigue

Fatigue mitigation has evolved in the military over the past ten to 20 years as more and more research became available showing a strong association between poor sleep and greater safety and health risk.
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Why the answer to reducing truck driver fatigue is with evidence based data

The assumptions behind U.S. Department of Transportation's new regulations are that the longer drivers are behind the wheel the greater their risk of having an accident and by giving drivers more time off they will get more rest. However, with drivers finding it acceptable to switch shifts to meet the demands of shipping, we are still going to be a long way from reducing driver fatigue from our roads.