We already know that shift workers often have trouble with sleep (I've offered sleep advice for shift workers before).
Recently, an Australian professor stated that the accident rate of shift workers is double that of non-shift workers.
This is all the more concerning when you consider just how appealing the lure of shift work mining in Australia is - and the potentially dangerous machinery involved.
On a more positive note, many mining companies are seeking advice from sleep phase experts to help them design shifts that will be less disruptive and provide more realistic opportunities for sleep.
It's great so see this industry take sleep seriously and provide support for their shift-working employees.
Hopefully other industries that rely on shift workers will follow suit in the near future.
Source: The West Australian
Last updated: November 14, 2014