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Work Schedules and Sleep Patterns of Railroad Maintenance of Way Workers

  • 01
  • Apr
  • 2008
AUTHOR: Office of Human Factors
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-06/25
SUBJECT: Human Factors, Work Schedule & Sleep Patterns
KEYWORDS: work schedule; sleep pattern; human factors
ABSTRACT: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) sponsored a study of the work schedules and sleep patterns of railroad maintenance of way (MOW) workers. The purpose of this document is to describe the study’s data files that are available at www.fra.dot.gov. A separate technical report describes the study methods and findings in detail (see reference below). The Office of Management and Budget approved this collection of information under OMB control number 2130-0561 on May 14, 2004. Data collection for this study occurred in July 2004. The study collected data from a random sample of actively working U.S. railroad MOW workers. The study used two survey instruments, a background survey and a daily log. Copies of both instruments are a part of this document. The background survey gathered demographic information, descriptive data for the MOW worker’s job type and work schedule, and a self-assessment of overall health. Study participants used the daily log to record sleep and work periods on both regular workdays and planned days off for a 2-week period. The response rate for the survey was 31 percent. The accompanying files contain data for the 254 usable responses.

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