Haulage companies urged to routinely screen for sleeping disorders
A Sheffield MP has called for haulage companies to routinely screen their HGV drivers to ensure they are not suffering from a health disorder that causes them to fall asleep at the wheel.
Labour and Co-op MP Meg Munn said she had been alerted to the problem of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) after the nephew of one of her constituents was killed by a lorry which was being driven by someone with the OSA condition.
During a Westminster debate on the issue, Munn said that as many as 40,000 HGV drivers could be suffering from OSA and the majority might be unaware that they have the condition. Munn has been campaigning on the issue for a number of years and initially raised the subject in a debate back in 2012.
The disorder prevents sufferers from getting a good night’s sleep, leaving them feeling chronically tired.
Source: UK Haulier