Young Road Workers Life Taken by Truck Driver Fatigue.

On an early Wednesday morning in springtime, Jacob Fischer was working as an assistant foreman supervising bridge repairs on a deck in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A large commercial vehicle truck with a driver suffering from truck driver fatigue plowed through a repair equipment truck and traffic cones crashing into Fischer and three other nearby roadway workers. The nearby men were seriously injured and Jacob Fischer was a fatality, survived by his wife Judy and 2 young children. The driver of the truck had been suffering from a severe case of truck driver fatigue. Though there were multiple warning signs at the…

How To Stay Awake And Stand On Guard.

Security guards are turning out to be more in demand these days, what with the dangerous times people are living. In the United States alone for example, there seems to be a shooting almost on a daily basis. Current times bring to the fore the value of a security officer or security guard. Whereas a police officer’s duty is reactive in nature being a responder to a possible or impending danger, or even a past one, the security guards task has a preventive essence. Thus the importance of their presence cannot be overstated (as is with some other…

Sweet Love Turned Bitter By One Who Didn’t Know How To Stay Awake.

It was the most typical of nights in Sydney. You could cut a knife through the monotony of the chatter, lights, shuffling feet and car noises. It was also typical for Scott and his girlfriend Jen. They’d just finished dinner at a nice restaurant and were on their way home…that’s what she knew, at least. Little did she know a few miles from where they were that a dozen people were waiting with bated breath for a milestone in their friends’ relationship. Flowers, balloons and a banner asking, “Sexy Jen,…

Circadian Rhythm and Snooze – Drivers Fatigue Dangers.

Circadian rhythms. All of us are programmed by what is referred to as our individual body’s circadian rhythms – an internal clock helping us to remain awake during the daytime and sleep during the night. This clock is hardwired in living things – plants, animals and fungi. Originating from the Latin words circa – meaning around or approximately and dies referring to day. Knowing more about this pre-programmed biological timepiece can aid in avoiding the deadly risks associated with drivers fatigue. Circadian rhythm is a system that keeps each of us in sync with the 24 hour day. It is an…

Sleep Apnea And How To Stay Awake Behind The Wheel.

If you can’t save others, at least save yourself! This is a story of Theodore Mathis, a middle-aged bachelor who worked as a librarian at a school library. He didn’t have much family, although one or two distant relatives lived not very far away, they didn’t have a lot in common seeing as their ages were far apart. You could also count his friends with your one hand and they were mostly from the workplace. Known to be a loner, he was a kind soul nonetheless who apart from never having been out of line, was ready to…

Tech Glasses Help Combat Drivers Fatigue.

“Grandma wears her special glasses!” Adam, the seven year old grandson of Loretta Fernie exclaims pointing to the eyewear she proudly displays. “Oh I’m so high tech!” She beams. The glasses are pretty impressive, from a newly developed class of accessories designed to help assess and alert the wearer of drivers fatigue – a common ailment plaguing drivers of all ages and endangering everyone on the road. About 60% of all drivers admit to driving while feeling drowsy according to a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, and of those more than 37% have actually fallen asleep behind the wheel….

Summit Aims to Combat Truck Driver Fatigue.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, a staggering 37% of adults are so sleepy during the day that it significantly interferes with activities such as driving. This of course affects professional drivers ten fold in commercial vehicle operations by what is dubbed as truck driver fatigue. The around the clock demand on commercial truck drivers to make delivery time deadlines, rolling warehouse logistics and poorly scheduled or covered back to back shifts all contribute to truck driver fatigue. Many trucking groups tend to downplay the statistical incidences of truck driver fatigue as only a minor problem responsible for just…

Sleep Apnea – Silent Killer Behind Drivers Fatigue.

“I never knew it.” Gina Hinkle says over her kitchen table. She is bewildered by the shocking turn of events that almost cost her life, or worse still – almost caused her to take the life of another. The underlying cause behind her unexpected car accident was determined as drivers fatigue, though as someone who regularly slept the recommended 8 hours a night this didn’t add up for her. Upon driving one uneventful afternoon a few weeks prior, her heavy lids dropped and her head jerked forward in a what is known as a micro-sleep, Gina veered across a median…

How To Stay Awake Behind The Wheel.

The sweetest thing about life is that it only comes once. That makes it all the more precious. But that it can be taken so unexpectedly is horrifying in itself. Death comes in various packages, some more drastic than others. Accidents are known to happen even among the most diligent of persons. This is because it almost always involves at least one irresponsible party who has succumbed to negligence in whatever form that may be. In Australia, how to stay awake and alert behind the wheel has proven to be a real problem that has cost the…

Truck Driver Fatigue Causes Harmful Crash on HWY 50.

Christine Dupont was driving her 2008 Kia along the U.S. Highway 50 with her 6 year old son Blake in the backseat. Traffic was slowing because of congestion they had to come to a complete stop along the highway. While waiting at a full stop, a driver fast approaching suffering from truck driver fatigue crashed into the back of Christine’s vehicle. The driver of the truck had fallen into a “micro-sleep” (a tell tale sign of truck driver fatigue) and had not noticed the stop in the flow of traffic. Witnesses said the truck continued travelling somewhere between 60-65mph…