Technical Reports

Maintaining Alertness in Railroad Locomotive Crews

  • 01
  • Mar
  • 1977
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration; D.B. Devoe; C.N. Abernathy
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-30
REPORT NUMBER: DOT/FRA/ORD-77/22
SUBJECT: Safety Advisories, Locomotive Standards (Safety & Noise)
KEYWORDS: Altertness; Locomotive cab; Safety; Human factors
ABSTRACT: The problem of assuring alertness in railroad locomotive crews is defined. Principles for maintaining alertness are derived from the experimental literature on vigilance and several unresolved questions are explored through three experiments. The findings are summarized in a set of criteria for evaluating alerting devices and techniques, and devices currently in use on the railroads are evaluated against these criteria. Recommendations are offered for improving current devices and for exploring new techniques.

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