Sleep deprived transportation workers respond to a new survey that seems a bit concerning, if you happen to be in a vehicle they operate.
Many transportation workers, including bus drivers and train operators, report not getting enough sleep and being too tired at work to do their jobs properly, a new survey from the National Sleep Foundation found.
Some of the transportation workers from the poll admitted their sleepiness has caused serious errors at work. Commuters aren’t the only ones who have to worry: Sleepy bus, taxi, and truck drivers could also raise the accident risk for everyone else on the road.
Which method of transportation poses the biggest threat to commuter safety? Keep clicking to see how the workers fared, ranked in order of how much their sleepiness affects their job performance…
Ten percent of bus, taxi and limo drivers said their sleepiness affects their job performance at least once a week. And 29 percent said they rarely get a good night’s sleep on workdays. Seven percent said they have made a serious error at work due to sleep.
Fifteen percent of truck drivers said sleepiness affects their job performance at least once a week. That might be because 44 percent of them report rarely getting a good night’s sleep. But only 6 percent said they’ve ever made a serious error at work due to sleep – 14 percent of truck drivers however said they’ve had “near misses.”
Pilots might need turbulence to shake them awake – 23 percent of pilots said sleep affects their job performance at least once a week. One in five (20 percent) reported making a serious error at work due to sleep. And 50 percent of pilots said they rarely get a good night’s sleep.
When it comes to sleep affecting job performance, 26 percent of train operators said their sleep is an issue. More than half – 57 percent – said they rarely get a good night’s sleep. But only 9 percent said they’d made a serious error at work due to not getting enough sleep.