Chapter 7

Fatigue and accidents


This chapter provides examples of the danger of sleep deprived/fatigued workers in the industrial workplace. Examples of horrific accidents including the Bhopal Chemical Explosion, American Airlines 1420 crash, NASA’s Challenger Explosion, Exxon Valdez oil tanker grounding, and Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident. This chapter demonstrates the need for fatigue risk management systems (FRMS) using various fatal accidents.


Bhopal Accident
BP Texas City Explosion
fatigue risk management systems
sleep deprivation
Perhaps the most notorious accident associated with human fatigue is the sinking of the MS Herald of Free Enterprise in 1987. The freight ferry sailed from the harbor of Zeebrugge ...

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