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Operators, Regulators, Authorities-acknowledge the inherent risks of Driver Fatigue (and Distraction), as implicated in approximately 60% of Mining accidents and up to 30% of road crashes related to On- Road Transport. The Federal Government (2017) estimates road crashes cost the Australian economy $27 billion / annum.

Drivers of Mobile Plant / Vehicles (even Trucks and Light Vehicles), operate within Enclosed Cabins and so there are many additional Fatigue (Distraction) effects upon them that may not necessarily compromise Safety (Health) for workers in an Open Environment / Low Risk tasking.

Some significant aspects highlighted in the whitepaper, especially in relation to Co2 (natural respiration) that have proven to contribute to Fatigue in Enclosed Cabins of Fixed and Mobile Plant:

  • Cabins are better sealed to improve thermal conditions, noise and restrict entry of contamination- they are made "tighter than a drum".
  • Mobile Plant Cabins are no longer manufactured with windows that can be opened. 
  • Fixed Plant Cabins no longer utilises a "wall rattler" HVAC System that could be opened to provide external / fresh air supply. Instead they are designed for 100% Recirculation Air- which means no external fresh air supply.
  • Even modern Sleeping Accommodations, Maintenance Offices, etc are using Split HVAC Systems that do not supply Fresh  / External Air for Ventilation to off- set Co2.
  • According to AIRAH upto 20 L/sec of Ventilation Air (Cabin leakage) must exit the Cabin / Room for each Occupant to off- set Co2.
  • The whitepaper also discusses the difference between Workers Fatigue and Driver Fatigue and that of High Risk and Low Risk tasks.

Hyperlinks to references Statistics, Reports, Standards, Guidelines, Organisations, etc are embedded in the whitepaper for substantiation.

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