Is fatigue management worth it?
Experience has shown that fatigue management is well worth the investment, from a health and safety perspective as well as a financial perspective. Two recent case studies in the U.S. prove that these programs decrease the severity and frequency of collisions and improve employee health, significantly lowering benefit costs.
Case study 1: Waste Management1
- Compared 156 treated drivers to 92 non-treated drivers.
- Treated drivers had:
- lower total health plan costs
- fewer missed workdays because of short-term disability
- lower rate of short-term disability claims
- Sleep apnea program cost $3,000 per worker but saved the company $6,000 per worker over two years in health plan and disability costs. That’s a 100% return on investment.
Case study 2: Schneider National2
- In the first phase of the study:
- Preventable crashes were reduced by 30%.
- Median cost of crashes reduced by 48%.
- Retention rate improved by 60% over fleet average.
- Health care savings averaged $539 per driver.
1. Hoffman, Benjamin, Wingenbach, Dustin D., Kagey, Amy N. Schaneman, Justin L., & Kasper, David. (May 2010). The Long-Term Health Plan and Disability Cost Benefit of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment in a Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Population. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 52(5):473-477. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181dbc8ab.
2. Nguyen, Terrence. (October 4, 2006). Schneider: sleep apnea treatment pays off. Fleet Owner. Available online: http://fleetowner.com/management/news/sleep_apnea_treatment.