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Document ID (ISN)104553
CIS number 06-221
ISSN - Serial title 0022-4375 - Journal of Safety Research
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lilley R., Feyer A.M., Kirk P., Gander P.
Title A survey of forest workers in New Zealand - Do hours of work, rest and recovery play a role in accidents and injury?
Bibliographic information 2002, Vol.33, No.1, p.53-71. Illus. 44 ref.
Abstract This study explored the relationship between fatigue and accidents in a group of 367 forestry industry workers in New Zealand. Data were collected by means of a self-administered questionnaire. Fatigue was commonly experienced at work, with 78% of workers reporting that they experienced fatigue at least "sometimes." Certain groups of workers reported long working hours, reduced sleep, compromised recovery time, and intensely paced work. Logistic regression analysis showed that recent sleep, number of breaks taken during the workday, and specific tasks were independently associated with reporting of high fatigue levels at work. Near-miss events were significantly more common among those reporting a high level of fatigue at work. Accidents and lost-time injury were associated with length of time at work, ethnicity, and having had near-miss injury events. These results suggest that fatigue is associated with compromised safety for forest workers.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; forestry; hours of work; fatigue; New Zealand
Descriptors (secondary) dangerous occurrences; race-linked differences; subjective assessment; speed of work; work organization; questionnaire survey; work capacity; sleep deprivation; recovery after effort; workbreaks; physical workload
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNew Zealand
Subject(s) Forestry
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Fatigue
Forestry and logging
Hours of work