Work-related fatigue and urban rail simulator performance

Tracey Sletten, Kirsty McCulloch, Gregory Roach, Adam Fletcher, David Darwent, Nicole Lamond, Drew Dawson

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Aim. To investigate the effects of fatigue on the performance of train drivers in an urban rail simulator.
Method. 16 male train drivers participated in a randomised cross-over design study with two conditions: (1) daytime (0900-1600h), which followed several consecutive days off or day shifts, and (2) night-time (0100-0800h), which followed several consecutive night shifts. Both conditions involved three 2-hour test sessions, each of which included 100 minutes of driving in a metropolitan passenger locomotive simulator.
Results. Simulator sessions were assigned to a low-, moderate-, or high-fatigue group using a validated fatigue model. Factorial ANOVA were used to determine the effect of fatigue on each simulator measure. Only two of the measures varied as a function of ‘fatigue level’. Specifically, average speed significantly decreased and the number of brake applications significantly increased with increasing levels of fatigue.
Conclusions. The results indicate that increased fatigue was associated with changes in specific aspects of driving, rather than a general decline in all aspects of performance. It is apparent that as the urban train drivers became more fatigued, driving strategy altered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKumpulan Makalah Ergonomi Proceedings
EditorsI.G.N. Susila, M. Kes
Place of PublicationDenpasar, Bali
PublisherUdayana University Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9798286545
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventIndonesian International Seminar on Ergonomics and Sports Physiology -
Duration: 14 Oct 200217 Oct 2002


SeminarIndonesian International Seminar on Ergonomics and Sports Physiology

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