A federal investigation into sleep health in the workplace found that tired workers are as impaired as drunk drivers.
This is a particularly important revelation for high risk industries such as construction where tired workers, as impaired as being drunk, can cause serious health and safety issues.
The government inquiry found that impaired workers are a danger to themselves and others.
The federal investigation into sleep health in the workplace found that shifts that affect regular sleep are dangerous and make employees less productive, thereby coming at a major cost to the economy. It also increases the risk of accidents, injuries and mistakes.
Long shifts and fly-in fly-out work were identified as particularly concerning because they leave workers more prone to accidents due to fatigue.
The federal inquiry called on the government to act on the major recommendation that sleep be considered a “third pillar” of healthy living along with diet and exercise.