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Fatigued or not fatigued: the difference between life and death



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November 1999

The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and the Arts

Chair Mr Paul Neville MP

Deputy Chair Mr Steve Gibbons MP

Members Mr Gary Hardgrave MP Mr Colin Hollis MP Hon David lull MP Mr Peter Lindsay MP Mr Stewart McArthur MP Mr Frank Mossfield AM MP Mr John Murphy MP Mr Stuart St Clair MP

Correspondence and inquiries Committee secretary House of Representatives Standing Committee on

Communications, Transport and the Arts Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

Tel 02 6277 4601 Fax 02 6277 2067 Email cta.reps(2laph.gov.au www.aph.gov.au/house

Media Release Public hearings Canberra

Fatigued or not fatigued:

the difference betw een life and death Managing fatigue in transport inquiry

The House o f Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and the Arts is holding two days o f public hearings on its critical inquiry into managing fatigue in transport in Canberra on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 November 1999.

Mr Paul Neville MP, Chair of the committee, said:

'Deaths and injury are inevitable if effective measures are not taken to reduce the levels of fatigue amongst Australia's transport workers.

The general community must be made more aware of the dangers of fatigue. The approaching Christmas holiday season only heightens the need for public awareness.

Truckies, train drivers, pilots, transport unions and related companies have inundated the committee with submissions. The overwhelming interest shown on this issue speaks for itself.

Fatigue related fatalities and injuries continue to occur in the transport industry. This highlights' that the issue of fatigue must be given priority

and be effectively tackled.

It is alarming is that almost two thirds o f long distance drivers recently surveyed by the

Transport Workers Union admitted they had been in serious accidents or near misses resulting from fatigue.

We are passengers of, and are sharing our roads with pressured transport workers exposed to excessive hours, who are at risk of falling asleep at the wheel. In extreme conditions fatigue can

be fatal. Sleep experts believe that 17 hours of sustained wakefulness is equivalent to a blood alcohol reading of 0.05 percent and 24 hours of 0.10 per cent'.

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Further, Mr Neville said

'We have an impressive array of representatives from peak transport related associations and government bodies appearing at the public hearings. These include the Department o f Defence, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the Department of Transport and Regional Services, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Australian Trucking Association.

O f particular interest to the committee in this final round of hearings is the issue o f fatigue in the aviation industry ranging from pilots and cabin crew, to air traffic controllers and maintenance engineers. -

The committee is also eager to hear about what the Department o f Defence have to "say in relation to fatigue amongst the Australian military. Defence is one of the largest logistically based operations in the country involving land, sea and air forces.

Action must be taken to prevent fatigue related fatalities in sea, air, road and rail transport. Fatigue is a serious issue that affects all Australians, not just transport workers. The whole community is responsible for managing fatigue in transport and the general workplace.

The committee will continue its endeavour to develop practical recommendations on managing fatigue in transport—creating safer means of travel.'

The public hearings will be held at:

1R4 Parliament House Canberra Monday 8 November from 0845 to 1545 hours Tuesday 9 November from 0845 to 1445 hours

The terms of reference for the inquiry are listed below. All members of the public are welcome as.observers to the public hearing. The public hearing program is attached.

Terms of Reference

In relation to managing fatigue in transport, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and the Arts is to inquire into, and report on, the following.

• Causes of, and contributing factors to, fatigue.

• Consequences o f fatigue in air, sea. road and rail transport.

• Initiatives in transport addressing the causes and effects of fatigue.

• Ways of achieving greater responsibility by individuals, companies, and governments to reduce the problems related to fatigue in transport.

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Paul Neville MP, committee chair 07 4152 0744 02 6277 4940

Adam Cunningham, inquiry secretary 02 6277 4597 on the day 0413 021420

http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/cta/index.htm

Parliament of Australia

House of Representatives Standing Committee Parliament House on Communications, Transport and the Arts Canberra ACT 2600

Inquiry into managing fatigue in transport

Public hearing program Monday 8 November 1999 Room 1R4 Parliament House, Canberra

Time Person/organisation

0845-1000 Department of Transport and Regional Services Mr Peter Harris, Deputy Secretary, TBA

1000-1100 Australian Transport Safety Bureau (Bureau o f Air Safety Investigation), TBA

1100-1130 Short suspension

1130-1215 National Occupational Health and Safety Commission Professor Dennis Else, Chairman

Sub Page

83 1252

93 1531

1215-1300 Private briefing

1300-1400 Lunch

1400-1500 Australian Maritime Safety Authority 18 236

Mr Patrick Quirk. General Manager, Maritime Safety and Environmental Strategy Mr David Harrod. Manager, Operational Standards.

Maritime Safety and Environmental Strategy

1500-1545 Australian Medical Association 50 707

Mr Erich Janssen. Director, Industrial Relations and Remuneration

1545 Close

Witnesses and members o f the community are welcome to observe the public hearings. Scheduled witnesses and times are indicative and may change.

• Tel 02 6277 4601 · Fax 02 6277 2067 · Email eta reps@aph.qov.au • www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/ctayindex.htm

Parliament of Australia

House of Representatives Standing Committee Parliament House on Communications, Transport and the Arts Canberra ACT 2600

Inquiry into managing fatigue in transport

Public hearing program Tuesday 9 November 1999 Room 1R4 Parliament House, Canberra

Time Person/organisation Sub Page

0845-0945 Department of Defence 38 477

Mr Glen Tye, Director, Defence Safety Management Agency Commander Edward Walsh, Director, Safety Management Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Webb, Staff Officer 1, Logistic Policy, Directorate of Material Policy Wing Commander Keith Jurd, Deputy Director, Current Capability

Dr Colonel Jeffrey Brock, Consultant in Aviation Medicine Lieutenant Colonel Robert Collver, Staff Officer 1, Human Factors (Psychologist)

0945-1045 Civil Aviation Safety Authority 83 1252

Mr Mick Toller, Director (CEO) Mr Mike Rodgers, Human Performance Specialist, Aviation Safety Promotion Division

1045-1115 Short suspension

1115-1215 Airservices Australia 99 1605

Mr Adrian Dunsa, Head Air Traffic Controller Mr David Adams, Director, Safety Standards

1215-1300 NSW Government (Department of Transport and the Roads and Traffic Authority) Mr Jock Murray. Director General Mr John Hall, Executive Director, Transport Safety Bureau Mr Don Carseldine. Manager. Licensing Policy Ms Margaret Crawford, Director, Driver and Vehicle

Policy and Regulation

• Tel 02 6277 4601 · Fax 02 6277 2067 · Email eta reos@aph qov.au · www.aph.gov au/house/committee/cta/index.htm

Time Person/organisation Sub Page

1300-1400

1400-1445

1545

Lunch

Australian Trucking Association 76

Mr Andrew Higginson, Chief Executive Mr Michael Apps, General Manager Mr David Anderson, Executive Director, Natroad Limited Mr Terry Nolan, Managing Director, Nolan's Interstate Transport

Mr Bruce Mclver, Managing Director, Mclver Corporation

Close

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Witnesses and members o f the community are welcome to observe the public hearings. Scheduled witnesses and times are indicative and may change.