U.S. air-traffic controllers report high levels of chronic fatigue from schedules that require they work through the night. Aviation regulators should take steps to limit the potential safety hazard, a federal study concluded. Of controllers who made safety errors on duty, 56 percent reported that fatigue contributed to their mistakes, according to the study released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The 2012 study found controllers averaged only 3.25 hours of sleep on days they worked overnight. There appear to have been some significant changes that incorporate many of the report’s recommendations.
The FAA said before the study was completed in December 2012 – and following highly publicized incidents of controllers falling asleep on the job in 2011 – many of the report’s recommendations have been adopted.
Researchers in the study used wrist sensors to monitor sleep on 211 controllers for 14 days and found they averaged 5.8 hours of sleep per night while working. That fell to 3.25 hours for those working shifts that began at midnight. In a survey of almost 3,300 controllers out of about 15,000, 61 percent reported they had caught themselves “about to doze off.” The study, done by NASA researchers under contract to the FAA, was first reported by the Associated Press.
Source: Claims Journal
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