Hours of work and rest in the rail industry

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Currently, the National Transport Commission is considering four options to form the regulatory framework for rail safety within Australia with respect to fatigue. While the National Transport Commission currently recommends no limitations around hours of work or rest, we provide evidence which suggests regulatory frameworks should incorporate a traditional hours of service regulation over more flexible policies. Our review highlights: Shift durations >12h are associated with a doubling of risk for accident and injury. Fatigue builds cumulatively with each successive shift where rest in between is inadequate (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717 - 721
Number of pages5
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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