March 25, 2009


I am at the International Conference on Fatigue Management in Transportation Operations. Anneke Heitmann has just presented the results of our three year study of sleep deprivation and alertness testing. Audience interest and participation was very good. Our booth in the exhibits room has attracted numerous interested parties from a great many different industries. We […]

December 5, 2008

Brain Busters

The web is a great place to test and exercise your brain. Remembering links, tabs and bookmarks takes memory capacity. Navigating each different site takes brain power. You can even find sites designed just for this purpose. Our is one of those but with a difference. It’s designed around the supposition that if the […]

October 29, 2008

Drunk Pilots – Again?

At Heathrow Airport last Sunday a United Airlines pilot was arrested in the cockpit just prior to takeoff on suspicion of being drunk. He was. He would have taken the controls of the Boeing 777 had it not been for a last minute call from an observant ground crew. It could have been an extremely […]

October 6, 2008

Inattention at Metrolink

The Metrolink accident in Chatsworth, California last month cost 25 lives. The question is why. What can be done now. Immediate after the fact accident reports can often focus a single error. In this case the text-messaging engineer seems to have been at fault. But experience shows that safety failures come from system failures not […]

August 29, 2008

A Failed Policy Made Worse

The Department of Transportation (DOT) mandates that transportation companies test their workers for drug use on a regular basis. This is done by testing urine samples. Over the years a range of evasive tactics have been developed by employees who don’t want to be tested and by companies that don’t want to spend the money […]

March 6, 2008

To the Oregonian

This article which I submitted to the Oregonian was not published. However it outlines some of the current issues facing legislators on the issue of worker testing. Clearly my article is promoting BLT technology, it’s an Op/Ed piece after all. The proposed new law was shelved. An Oregonian editorial, “Don’t Make a Bad Marijuana Law […]

January 20, 2008

Sleep Trial

The sleep deprivation trial is complete. Aside from a couple of server problems it went exceedingly well. The trial was conducted at Anneke Heitmann’s excellent lab at her Awake! Institute. During this trial subjects were kept awake for two nights (they were allowed a two hour nap on the second day.) Subjects were wired for […]

July 10, 2007

Union County Accident

It is not my intent to have this blog focus exclusively on individual accidents. However this one in Union County, Florida was one many people followed to try to understand the cause. Here is an extract of a newspaper article from the Gainsville Sun that explains: “Under rules that take effect in October [2007], a […]

July 3, 2007

Fatigue and other Factors

Driver fatigue is estimated to be the cause of 100,000 highway crashes and 1,500 deaths each year. We would suggest the number attributed to fatigue could be much higher if driver fatigue were to be counted as a contributing condition. Nevertheless the numbers are daunting. FATALITIES AND INJURIES Overall: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatal […]

June 27, 2007

Near Miss with Tired Pilots

Airline pilots flying while fatigued poses risk to safety 27 June 2007 A BBC News investigation has revealed growing concerns among airline pilots that fatigue is leading to potentially dangerous incidents in the air. The BBC has heard from 32 pilots who say they have flown while unfit due to fatigue. The BBC can reveal […]