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Julian Barling, Christopher M. Barnes, Erica Carleton, and David T. Wagner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190217662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190217662.001.0001

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Work, Sleep, and Driving

Work, Sleep, and Driving

(p.147) Chapter 8 Work, Sleep, and Driving
Work and Sleep

Alistair W. MacLean

Oxford University Press

The United Nations estimates that by 2020, in the absence of appropriate action, motor vehicle accidents will be the fifth leading cause of death worldwide. Driving in relation to work by professional drivers, those for whom driving is incidental to work, and commuters accounts for a disproportionately high number of these. Sleepiness and fatigue are estimated to be major factors in 20% of crashes which are often intimately related to the work environment creating responsibilities and liabilities for drivers, employers and policy-making bodies. Increased understanding of the factors responsible for sleepiness also identifies countermeasures to mitigate its effect.

Keywords:   driving, crashes, sleepiness, fatigue, work

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