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Causes of rail staff fatigue: results of qualitative analysis and a diary study

Fan, Jialin ORCID: and Smith, Andrew ORCID: 2020. Causes of rail staff fatigue: results of qualitative analysis and a diary study. Presented at: H-WORKLOAD 4th International Symposium on Human Mental Workload: Models and Applications, Granada, Spain [Virtual], 3-5 Dec 2020. Human Mental Workload: Models and Applications. Communications in Computer and Information Science. Communications in Computer and Information Science , vol.1318 Champaign, US: Springer Verlag, pp. 227-249. 10.1007/978-3-030-62302-9_14

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the causes of fatigue among rail staff by analysing qualitative data and conducting an online diary study. It had a closer look at the experience of fatigue among rail staff and brought a more detailed blueprint picture of fatigue and its causes in the rail staff’s real-life. Study 1 analysed 133 responses of qualitative data from rail staff, and Study 2 was a diary study examining fatigue and its related risk factors before and after work, on the first and the last day of a working week in 19 rail staff. The findings from the two studies, using different methodologies, showed similar results that fatigue among rail staff was a result of heavy workload and a high workload would further increase fatigue. Fatigue before work mainly resulted from sleep quality, length of sleep, and the time spent on commute, while fatigue after work resulted from the perceived workload and shift type. Evidence has demonstrated that overtime work, specific shift patterns, insufficient rest days between opposed shifts, and poor timing of breaks during work were also associated with fatigue.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISBN: 9783030623012
ISSN: 1865-0929
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 December 2020
Date of Acceptance: 27 October 2020
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 09:43

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