Fatigued miners contribute to increase in number of road accidents

Fatigued miners contribute to the increase of road accidents in Central Queensland.

Royal Flying Doctor Services’ Rockhampton manager, Patricia Short said that fatigued miners are contributing to the increase in the number of road accidents in Central Queensland.

According to a report from The Morning Bulletin, RFDS carried out 2170 patient transports from the Rockhampton base in the 2010-11 financial years.

Queensland RFDS Director Dick Conder said that most miners want to get home fast after finishing long shifts.

“They just get in their car and go,” said Mr Conder.

“These incidents play a significant impact on retrieval services… we do a lot of flights from Blackwater and Emerald.”

Fatigue has long been a problem of many Australian workers. Just this year, a survey conducted by psychologists from the University of Australia found that about 30 percent of the study population often felt fatigued.

The Government and several organisations have conducted campaigns to reduce work fatigue among Australian workers.

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