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Fatigue Risk Factor Same As Alcohol Risk – Risk Management Shocker


Shocker – Fatigue Risk Same As Alcohol Risk

Can fatigue risk be similar to alcohol risk? There were many questions, comments, and web traffic on this blog from the post last week on Fatigue Risk Management. I thought research on Google would aid me in finding some other material.

Blurry Picture Of Man with Glass of Alcohol Risk Depress

I came across an interesting study on the effects of fatigue as compared to alcohol consumption. I thought there would only be an inference that fatigue and alcohol consumption would be related to a Risk Management viewpoint. I was shocked to find a study that was actually able to equate a period of time with a level of alcohol consumption. See the study here.

This should be an eye-opener for Risk Managers from all types of industry and governmental organizations. The study was performed in Australia in 1997. The website lists different conclusions on relating fatigue vs. alcohol risks. The main conclusion was there is no difference in motor skills between someone with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .1% and sleep deprivation for 24 hours.  

White Glass Of Alcohol Risk With Fire
Wikipedia – Nik Frey

I am assuming they did not use .08% as a marker as the overall BAC for a DUI was .1% at the time. There is a chart on the page that would show a .08% alcohol equivalent at 20 – 21 hours without sleep. As mentioned in my last post on this subject, there can be a cumulative effect for sleep deprivation where even shorter amounts of deprivation in succession would add up to result in the same effect. The last post also pointed out that there are other things that enhance fatigue as an additive effect on a lack of sleep.

I think this area will have a revival of sorts as Risk Managers look to reduce Workers Comp accidents in the future. I doubt any Safety Departments or Risk Managers would let someone work on a job with a .08% alcohol level = 20 hours without sleep.

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
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