Identifying and Reducing Worker, Inspector, and Manager Fatigue in Rapid Renewal Environments

The impact of fatigue on the quality of work and the safety of workers, inspectors, and managers, especially on rapid renewal highway projects, is considered serious and in need of further investigation and solutions. "We put our best people on the most difficult projects and work them long and hard in difficult situations at night and on weekends. And when they do a good job, we reward them with more of the same" (Graff, 2002). Worker, inspector, and manager fatigue on rapid renewal projects could eventually contribute to more on-site accidents, lower overall productivity rates, and lower quality of work. This in turn could lead to lower morale and less teamwork. Ultimately, fatigue could lead to higher costs to the construction work, delays, stress related health issues, family life issues, and higher employee turnover rates. The compressed schedules that may be associated with rapid renewal projects may also have an effect on the fatigue of design professionals as well. This project will investigate fatigue as it relates to rapid renewal projects, providing an overview of sleep, fatigue, and alertness and how they impact performance, teamwork, quality, and the potential for accidents and injury. The project will then discuss ways to mitigate fatigue by identifying safe limits for workers and supervisors. The project will also identify different rapid renewal scenarios (night work, continuous extended hours, monthly, and yearly) and how the effects of fatigue may be minimized within each of them. The researcher will prepare reduced-fatigue work-hour scenarios and relate the scenarios to the size of the workforce needed. The researcher will also identify bidding strategies for rapid renewal projects that support reducing worker fatigue and allow additional flexibility to the contractor while not compromising overall project cost, quality, or schedule. All of these will be put into the context of an overall fatigue management program document. The project will identify and evaluate a range of techniques that could be used by owners, constructors, and consultants to help educate and condition the workforce about fatigue issues, to improve alertness, and to identify ways that fatigue can be mitigated during work time and between work shifts. While ample information on fatigue and its impact on safety and teamwork are available in non-highway environments, this information is not well documented in the highway construction environment.</font></span></div>


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project R03

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Strategic Highway Research Program 2

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Bryant, James

  • Performing Organizations:

    Battelle Memorial Institute

    Columbus Laboratories
    Columbus, OH  United States  43201
  • Principal Investigators:

    Sanquist, Tom

  • Start Date: 20091001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 21386

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462165
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project R03
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:59PM