The Oil and Gas Industry has seen a tremendous increase in productivity over the last three years and a subsequent increase in trucking driving hiring and activity. Companies have hired thousands of new employees and have yet to slow down. Truck drivers are keeping highways busy from Laredo and Carrizo Springs all the way to San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Houston. Along with rapid production and workforce growth, there has been an increase in all types of accidents and work injuries, many fatigue-related.
Work Injuries and Accidents in South Texas are often Fatigue Related
As the oil and gas industry gains momentum, there are an increasing number of industrial trucks and 18 wheelers on the highways. Truck drivers suffering from sleep deprivation are a well-known danger on the road and a risk for an increased number of injuries and accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic.
“Sleep is increasingly recognized as important to public health, with sleep insufficiency linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors. Unintentionally falling asleep, nodding off while driving, and having difficulty performing daily tasks because of sleepiness all may contribute to these hazardous outcomes,” states a CDC article entitled Insufficient Sleep Is a Public Health Epidemic. [Read more…]