A mining fatigue syndrome is one of many symptoms of a long-term, prolonged mining fatigue that can affect your life and the economy.
A miner’s fatigue is a state of mind that can lead to a range of health and emotional issues.
It’s not just fatigue related to the job, such as headaches or neck pains.
It can also be associated with anxiety and depression.
As mining fatigue worsens, people with the syndrome tend to avoid social or professional events or people who can help them.
“In my own experience, mining fatigue has been associated with a greater likelihood of depression and anxiety in the years following the event, as well as a greater need for support from family and friends,” the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ Professor Andrew White told ABC Radio National.
It’s estimated that one in 10 Australian miners have mining fatigue.
According to the Royal Australian College of Surgeons, mining is a high risk job.
Professor White says miners who develop mining fatigue are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
This condition, known as post-mining stress disorder, affects one in three miners.
When you work in the mining industry, you’re constantly exposed to the environment and the people you work with, Professor White says.
There are no medical treatments for this condition.
“[The] only cure for mine fatigue is to get out of the industry,” he says.
“If you’re working in the industry and it’s too hard, or you’re stressed, then you’ve got to find something else to do.”
“The only cure is to find somewhere else to work.”
If you or someone you know needs help, call the Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Topics:health,work,environment,health-policy,people,mining-industry,environmental-impact,environment-management,southern-australiaFirst posted May 12, 2019 19:16:51Contact Nick WithersMore stories from Western Australia