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Work Schedules and Sleep Patterns of Railroad Signalmen

  • 01
  • Apr
  • 2008
AUTHOR: Office of Human Factors
OFFICE: RPD
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-06/19
SUBJECT: Human Factors, Work Schedule & Sleep Patterns
KEYWORDS: Work Schedules and Sleep Patterns of Railroad Signalmen
ABSTRACT: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) sponsored a study of the work schedules and sleep patterns of railroad signalmen. 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 2130-0558 on October 2, 2003. Data collection for this study occurred in October 2003. The study collected data from a random sample of actively working U.S. railroad signalmen. The study used two survey instruments, a background survey and a daily log. Copies of both instruments are in the appendix to this document. The background survey gathered demographic information, descriptive data for the signalman’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 49.9 percent. The accompanying data files contain data for the 389 usable responses.

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