The National Transportation Safety Board found sleepy pilots as the reason for a jet to skid off the runway in Michigan. I found the report interesting due to the fact that sleep fatigue is a factor in a variety of cases that I handle. In this case , the pilots had been up 16 hours, been on duty for 14 hours , and made five landings in “challenging conditions”. Sleep fatigue acts like someone is under the influence of alcohol. Sleep fatigue causes serious accidents in trucking , railroads, and maritime operations. Standards for the number of hours a worker can be on duty are often a an issue in a accident claim. In any of these types of cases , it is important to investigate the hours an employee is on duty. It is another example of putting profits over people.
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