Miners warned of energy drink dangers

New research finding an increase in reports of caffeine poisoning has reinforced the need to ensure mine workers are aware of the risk of using artificial methods to fight fatigue.

Research published in the Medical Journal of Australia shows 65 people called the New South Wales Poisons Centre with problems from energy drinks in 2010.

The figures are up from 12 people in 2004, with symptoms of caffeine poisoning occurring most in young people using energy drinks recreationally.

Mastermyne executive health safety environment and quality manager Beth Jooste told the Daily Mercury the mining trainer and recruiter spent time educating workers on the risks of caffeine products.

"That’s the sort of stuff we are educating our workers on," she said.

"We want people to be aware of the risks and just be aware of the environment."

Last week the body-building supplement Jack3d, which contains a synthetic stimulant, was banned at a Bowen Basin mine following reports workers were using it to stay awake.

While Jack3d claims the substance is safe if used within the guidelines, health experts have warned of using such products with synthetic stimulants, particularly to cope with fatigue.

 

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