What human factors contributed to Lac-Megantic disaster?

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The federal Transportation Safety Board report into the accident is due to be released today and is expected to focus on safety practices.
In a recent review of fatigue-reduction best practices, HRM Online reported the following steps for reducing workplace accidents:
  • Obtaining employee feedback regarding preferable work schedules
  • Creating a fatigue management plan with effective strategies for relief, such as calculated naps, physical activity, and frequent short breaks
  • Designing training programs that encompass tips for sleep maintenance, nutrition, work/family life balance, and proper use of stimulants
  • Designating a quiet, temperature-controlled room equipped with eye masks and ear plugs for on-site resting
  • Ensuring that dangerous tasks are completed during ordinary work hours, or with special precautions and safeguards
“Each individual has his or her own tolerance for fatigue-inducing activities, but establishing guidelines and internal mandates can help the vast majority of employees minimize working when fatigued and insulate the company from fatigue-related risks,” Leslie Tarnacki, vice president of HR at WorkForce Software, told HRM.

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