Worker fatigue is not to be taken lightly, as an incident in New Zealand has recently proven.

WorkSafe New Zealand warned that work fatigue should not compromise worker safety, sharing the details of an incident which led to a company being sentenced for the death of a fatigued worker in 2016.

A worker had logged a 16,75 hour day when he crashed the tractor he was driving and died as a result of injuries.

An investigation found that the man had workers 197.25 hours in the two weeks leading up to the incident and fatigue was identified as the most likely cause of the incident. He had not been wearing a seatbelt at the time.

The company received a final fine of $10,000 and ordered to pay reparation of $80,000.

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