Clear Roads: Identification and Recommendations for Correction of Equipment Factors Causing Fatigue in Snowplow Operators

Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) requests responses which identify and make recommendations on how to correct equipment factors that cause fatigue in snowplow operators. This project has been developed by the Clear Roads national winter maintenance research program (TPF-5(218)), which is funded by 30 state departments of transportation (DOTs). Clear Roads will fund and oversee the contract for this project in coordination with Minnesota. A recent Clear Road study (11-05: Environmental Factors Causing Fatigue in Snowplow Operators) investigated the environmental factors that contribute to fatigue in snowplow operators (such as long hours and lack of sleep) and recommended low-cost solutions for mitigating these factors. Operator fatigue can be a significant problem, resulting in higher accident rates, lower productivity and health issues. This related study will focus on identifying and mitigating the equipment factors on snowplows that can cause operators to become fatigued due to excessive stress or strain. It should be reinforced that this project will investigate the equipment elements within a cab and on the outside of a cab of vehicles used for snowplow operations and not commercial vehicle operations.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $200000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Clear Roads Pooled Fund

    St. Paul, MN  United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Peters, Tom

  • Performing Organizations:

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Office of Sponsored Programs
    North End Center, Suite 4200, 300 Turner Street NW (MC 0170)
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24061
  • Principal Investigators:

    fitzgerald, frank

  • Start Date: 20160518
  • Expected Completion Date: 20171031
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01601929
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Minnesota Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 1001325
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 15 2016 12:51PM