Unanticipated safety outcomes: Shiftwork and drive-in, drive-out workforces in Queensland's Bowen Basin

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Title Unanticipated safety outcomes: Shiftwork and drive-in, drive-out workforces in Queensland's Bowen Basin
Author Milia, Lee Di; Bowden, Bradley
Journal Name Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
Editor Robin Kramer
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract Extended work shifts (more than 8 hours) and a marked increase in the use of a contractor workforce has resulted in significant productivity gains for employers. These developments we argue have resulted in an unanticipated outcome that has OHS implications: the emergence of a drive-in drive-out workforce (DIDOW) – in the case we studied, a workforce that is permanently based outside Queensland's Bowen Basin but travels to and from their place of work. The concern with a DIDOW is that the workers are at greater risk of driver sleepiness as a function of the work schedule compounded by a long-distance commute. These factors place the driver and the community at a greater accident risk. The results suggested some drivers commenced travel at 0200 and drove up to 1300 km to work. Driving in the early morning and traveling longer distances were associated with significantly higher levels of self-reported sleepiness. Some 13% of drivers reported falling asleep when driving to commence day shift compared to 23% following night shift. Driver sleepiness is a significant safety risk factor in a DIDOW. We anticipate that the planned expansion of the coal industry will result in more employees joining the DIDOW, putting more people at risk of accident.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journalsProdDesc.nav?prodId=Journal201639
Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 SAGE Publications. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 45
Issue Number 1
Page from 100
Page to 112
ISSN 1038-4111
Date Accessioned 2007-06-20
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Human Resources Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/16027
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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