For anyone involved in grain transport, getting home safely at the end of the day has to be the top priority.
Those working more than 60 hours a week or more than 12 hours a day are putting themselves at risk. Don’t be fooled – fatigue can get drivers killed or seriously injured.
For every hour worked over 8 hours a day, the chance of accident and error is increasing, and by the 12th hour of working the chance of an accident has doubled.
Grain transport drivers who have been awake for 17 hours and still working will find that their driving performance is affected the same as having a blood alcohol level of 0.05%. After 20 hours awake, the effect is the same as having a blood alcohol content of 0.1%.
Epic Commodities urges drivers to please take care through sowing time and take time to rest.