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Title:Identification of Fatigue Countermeasures for Adjusted Work Schedules Designed to Manage Fatigue During Peak Service Demand Periods in the Shortline Railroad Industry, Year 2
Principal Investigators:Patrick Sherry
University:University of Denver
Grant #:DTRT13-G-UTC38 (MAP21)
Project #:MPC-409
RH Display ID:151033
Keywords:alertness, cognition, fatigue (physiological condition), human factors, railroad crashes, safety, shifts, short line railroads


Evaluating the effects of fatigue countermeasures inserted in the work schedules will provide evidence as to the effectiveness of these countermeasures and also hopefully lead to a safer and more productive and therefore more economically competitive transportation system. Accordingly, by gathering data on hours worked, hours of sleep, alertness and fatigue prior to, during, and after implementation of fatigue countermeasures for a period of at least ninety days we will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the countermeasures. Data collection will consist of three 30 day periods using sleep diaries and other self-report techniques, as well as observations and data gathered through sleep monitoring techniques. In addition, the fatigue models approved by the FRA will be utilized to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions (Hursh, Raslear, Kaye, & Fanzone, 2009). Thus, the proposed study will, based on previous research, identify various fatigue countermeasures that will be tested in the operational environment. Ultimately, the schedules and the appropriate countermeasures will be posted on the web sites and distribute to the Short Line Railroad Association.

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