Monday, October 31, 2005

Human Factors

Fatigue is one of the biggest safety factors in the trucking industry ...

"Sometimes the most obvious things escape observation. Or maybe it's because other stuff just obscures the details.

I recently attended the 2005 International Conference on Fatigue Management in Transport Operations conference in Seattle. There, during her keynote address, Annette Sandberg, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), said her agency's primary focus would soon be switching from vehicles and administrative concerns to human factors. "Driver factors," she said, "were up to 10 times more prevalent than vehicle or environmental factors in events that led to crashes between one tractor trailer and a single passenger vehicle."

No kidding, Sherlock.

Trucks seldom jackknife all by themselves. Sure, vehicle defects play a role, but data consistently show vehicle condition is a contributing factor to a crash in a very small percentage of cases. Drivers, Sandberg says, "were considered fatigued about six to 10 percent of the time."   continued ...   (Via Today's Trucking)

Truck Driver Fatigue - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Truck Driver Fatigue.

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