Paramedics at the Metropolitan Ambulance Branch in Sunshine on the outskirts of Melbourne are tired and concerned because they are falling asleep at the wheel on their way home after 14-hour nightshifts.
Jedda McGlinchy, the Sunshine Branch OHS representative, told the Brimbank Leader that the problem stems from not having beds available at their “outdated” branch. She said that since the early 2000’s a new branch had been promised.
The premises were issued with improvement notices for water damage, carpark security and bedroom facilities when WorkSafe visited them last July.
Ms McGlinchy added that with no bedrooms available and busier shifts and no downtime Paramedics need to drive home directly after their shift because there is nowhere for them to rest.
She said that one officer had an accident when he fell asleep at the wheel, while others reach home without remembering how they got there.