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MPC Research: Identification of Fatigue Countermeasures for the Short Line Railroad Industry Phase I & II - MPC 18-367

  • Apr 23, 2020 (11:00 - 12:00 pm CT; 10:00 - 11:00 am MT)
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DEADLINE: Monday, April 20, 2020

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This presentation is based upon Mountain Plains Consortium Research Project 18-367 – Identification of Fatigue Countermeasures for the Short Line Railroad Industry. However, the results of this research are applicable to all transportation sectors in that fatigue applies to human operators in all modes of transportation.

The purpose of this project was to establish a baseline for the evaluation of proposed fatigue mitigation efforts, utilizing a variety of measures of sleep and fatigue, to gather initial data for comparison to later studies. Results demonstrated that there was sufficient data to establish a baseline for evaluate existing work schedules using the fatigue models approved by the FRA. The results indicate that typical day-time schedules have the least risk of fatigue. Standard night shifts, from 11 pm to 6 am had the greatest risk of fatigue. This presentation will discuss this research, the measurement issues and fatigue management in the transportation industry.


Dr. Patrick Sherry is a professor with a specialization in human factors, safety, intermodal transportation and occupational psychology at the University of Denver. Since 2002 he has served as the Director of the National Center for Intermodal Transportation and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Transportation Institute at the University of Denver. In addition to scientific research he has consulted extensively with Fortune 500 transportation companies throughout the U.S. and Canada in the areas of safety, intermodal workforce development in transportation, and leadership training.

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