The National Academies

SHRP 2 R03 [Completed]

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

  Project Data
Funds: $999,087
Research Agency: Battelle Memorial Institute
Principal Investigator: Tom Sanquist
Effective Date: 10/1/2009
Completion Date: 6/30/2013

Project snapshot. More details below.
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Impact on Practice
Product Status

Rapid renewal workforce fatigue risk factor definitions, and fatigue risk management practices and techniques; a toolkit for managing workforce fatigue in the rapid renewal environment; model training and outreach materials to assist in future implementation.
Tools to manage workforce fatigue and increase worker safety will help transportation agencies reduce the risks of accelerated schedules, longer day shifts, night and weekend work, and work conducted in protected zones adjacent to traffic that are often associated with rapid renewal projects. Reducing worker fatigue in rapid renewal environments can reduce worker injuries due to fatigue, increase project productivity, and keep projects on time and within budget.
The final report is available at https://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/168767.aspx.  The guidebook is available at https://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/168766.aspx.
Responsible Staff: Jerry DiMaggio

Performing the complex, dynamic, fast-paced work of rapid renewal construction is dangerous work. On any construction site, the risk of potential injury or death is higher than for most other occupational groups, and these risks are often exacerbated in rapid renewal environments that involve longer shifts, night work, and weekend closures.

The objective of this project is to develop a best practices toolbox that can be used in reducing workforce fatigue on rapid renewal projects.

This research project reviewed and documented worker fatigue impacts during rapid renewal operations in the highway construction industry. It also developed an integrated fatigue management toolkit, including work scheduling and work practice guidance based on models of fatigue, organizational practice guidance, fatigue management reference material, and training material for managers and workers. This suite of products can be integrated into existing safety management systems for highway construction environments, thereby reducing fatigue risk and increasing safety. The products include a final report (which describes the methods and findings of Project R03) and a guide (which includes technical reference materials, fatigue training materials, guidance on organizational practices, and guidance and aids on work scheduling).

Project Status: This project is complete.

Product Availability: A prepublication draft of the final report, Identifying and Reducing Worker, Inspector, and Manager Fatigue in Rapid Renewal Environments, was released in August 2013.  It is available as an Adobe PDF.  A prepublication draft of the guidebook, Fatigue Risk Management Guide for Rapid Renewal Highway Construction Projects, was released in August 2013 and is available as an Adobe PDF.  A fact sheet and a project brief are also available.


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