HSW 57: Life on the Railways with Zach Nobel

Healthy Shift Worker Podcast:

Ever wondered what it’s like to work on a moving train 24/7?  Well this is exactly what Brisbane-based Nutrition and Media student Zach Nobel does in between his studies at University.  When he’s not submerged under textbooks, Zach works for Queensland Rail, working onboard long distance trains between Brisbane and all around Queensland.

As a 20-something millennial, Zach realised quite quickly into his shift working career that he was going to have to take care of his health, in order to sustain his career working 24/7.  So in this episode, Zach shares some of his tips for staying healthy whilst on night-shift, along with how to manage and reduce some of the effects of night-shift fatigue, in particular when confined to an air-conditioned cabin that continually rocks from side to side!

HSW 25: Over 50 Years of Shift Work with Jim Ward.

Healthy Shift Worker Episode 25:

Holy smokes! Can you imagine working shift work for over 50 years? That’s 50 years of disrupted sleep, getting out of bed in the dark, working weekends, public holidays and time away from family at Christmas? Well my mind boggles at the thought, but Train Driver Jim Ward did exactly that. In fact, Jim spent exactly 53 years and 7 months working shift work which is a pretty phenomenal achievement.

What’s even more amazing about his story is that he loved every minute of it, right up until the very last day he retired at the tender age of 71!

Here how Jim spent his entire shift working career working on the railways and what he did to keep himself healthy including how, what and when he ate, life as a FIFO – otherwise known as a ‘Fly In Fly Out’ worker, along with what he got up too on his last day on shift!