Drowsiness vs Fatigue

Distinguishing drowsiness vs fatigue is an important issue for the trucking industry. This is the message from a report from the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  The report explains the difference between the two issues of fatigue and drowsiness.     “Fatigue is a known contributor to roadway crashes among commercial motor vehicle drivers, others who drive for work, and the general public,”...

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Raising Awareness of Mental Health

The trucking industry has more than its fair share of issues around mental health and getting help to those who need it. Statistics say 45 per cent of Australians will be affected by mental illness in their working lifetime, and 4 out of 20 people will experience mental health issues this year.   Team Transport and Logistics from Brisbane is doing its part to highlight mental health in the transport industry by raising awareness...

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Showing Some Love

This is a subject I reckon I am going to return to again and again, treating truck drivers like human beings. A report from QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation shows how an improvement in truck driver health has been achieved by a workplace intervention program. After the program there was a 15 per cent drop in drivers self-reporting their body mass index (BMI) as obese. These truckies are eating healthier,...

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Prostate Cancer Initiative

A transport and logistics company will be throwing its support behind Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA)’s ‘Big Aussie Barbie’ campaign by unveiling specially branded trucks. Brisbane-based DGL Australia will be branding some of their 13.5 metre long-trailers for PCFA’s ‘Big Aussie Barbie’ to raise awareness of the campaign.       The first branded trailer is to be unveiled by DGL’s...

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Truckies getting healthier

A health intervention program for truck drivers is reporting a 15 per cent decrease in obesity. The program organised by Queensland University of Technology’ Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation has found a 15 per cent drop in drivers self-reporting their body mass index (BMI) as obese, by getting truckies to eat healthier, exercise more and lose weight.     Due to the nature of the job, truck drivers are at a...

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Facing the demons

Sometimes it’s difficult to face reality, to accept there is a problem, and the only one who can fix it is yourself. This is as true in business as it is in life. Often, we know there is something wrong and it is going to get worse, but it is not at crisis point yet, so we put it out of our minds and carry on.   The trucking industry, and those who regulate it, are often guilty of this kind of thinking, allowing small...

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