Studies from employment website Monster.co.uk have shown that 36% of UK employees have nodded off at work, with 39% finding it a challenge to stay awake. Fatigue can be a problem for office-based staff but it becomes a serious issue for those employed to drive for a living.
Kevin Delaney, head of traffic and road safety at the RAC Foundation, explained: ‘There is a problem with fatigue and driving and it becomes dangerous way before the eyes are closed.
‘Employees will stop being productive before they fall asleep and this isn’t too much of a problem working at a computer but it is a major issue for drivers.
‘Fleets should give good advice to drivers, keep up to date with best practice from the Health and Safety Executive and monitor the problem in-house.’
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