May 2024
Volume 75    Issue 5

Are fatigue and sleepiness the same? A brief introduction to the differences and similarities, and their implications for work safety

Barham, Max; Bauerle, Tim; Eiter, Brianna


While not well established, there is evidence that the mining industry is encumbered by several work-related fatigue risk factors. Compared to other industries, mine workers are more likely to report inadequate sleep and work longer hours per day. Given these observations, there is a critical need to identify effective ways to intervene, manage, and mitigate mine worker fatigue and sleepiness when present. One barrier to this is confusion around the similarities and differences between fatigue and sleepiness, which can result in these terms being treated as interchangeable regardless of context and make it difficult to assess and mitigate safety risk.

Full-text paper:
Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (2024) 41:53–59,


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