The stevedoring company had not identified stevedore fatigue as a risk to the company or its operations and, as a result, had not implemented a system to manage fatigue. Consequently, its operations were exposed to a level of fatigue-related risk that had not been assessed and treated.
Response to safety issue from: Newcastle Stevedores
Newcastle Stevedores advised the ATSB that the risk should be classified as minor as it had informal fatigue management systems in place at the time of the accident. The company further advised that it has developed draft policies for stevedore fatigue and working hours, and has entered into discussions with the Maritime Union of Australia to finalise these policies.