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J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. vol.110 n.1 Johannesburg Jan. 2010
Fatigue risk management: Charting a path to a safer workplace
Human Factors Research Group, CSIR Centre for Mining Innovation
There have been several high-profile accidents in the South African mining industry where fatigue was identified as either causal or contributory. The risk of fatigue is inherent in any work-time arrangement involving shift work and work that is physically or mentally demanding, repetitive, or requires high vigilance.
The management of fatigue is not simply a matter of correct shift scheduling. A more comprehensive approach is needed. In order to be successful, a fatigue management programme should address the unique needs of the operation in which it will be implemented and should be integrated into normal operations. Fatigue management is a shared responsibility between the organization and its employees, and all stakeholders should participate in order to provide the safest and healthiest working environment possible.
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