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Nautilus comments on research that says people who work longer hours are at risk of stroke

Nautilus comments on research that says people who work longer hours are at risk of stroke

Seafarers working a 91/98-hour working week is “unacceptable” – according to the union for maritime professionals Nautilus who made the comments following research published that said people who work longer hours are more likely to have a stroke.

International senior national secretary Allan Graveson from Nautilus said that stroke, heart disease, diabetes and cancer have all been identified as long-term risks for people who work longer hours with not enough rest.

He said: “In addition to “acute” and “chronic” fatigue that pose an immediate risk to the individual, the traveling public and the environment, this research rightly identifies one of the long term effects of working long hours. In addition to stroke, heart disease, diabetes and cancer have been identified as long term increased risks to health as a consequence of working long hours especially, at night with inadequate rest.

‘In shipping, where there is the potential for the greatest loss of life in a single incident, regulations provide for working a 91/98 hour working week. Independent research Project Horizon has confirmed that human performance seriously degrades when working long hours, especially at night. This causes tiredness and places all marine users at risk.

‘The long term risk to health is considerable and was recognised with the European Working Time Directive in 1993. Unlike asbestos, ignored for decades, employers now need to take responsibility. A 91/98 hour working week is unacceptable.’

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