During winter events, plow operators work long, stressful hours, and fatigue can be a major problem, resulting in higher accident rates, lower productivity and increased health issues. Reducing operator fatigue during winter operations could increase safety, reduce employee absences and improve operator efficiency.
Related Manuals and Documents
- Clear Roads Quick Reference Guide: Environmental Factors Causing Fatigue in Snowplow Operators
Other Research and Resources
- Pilot Testing a Naturalistic Driving Study to Investigate Winter Maintenance Operator Fatigue during Winter Emergencies (Virginia Tech, 2017)
- Snowplow Operator Driving Time: Survey of State and Local Practices
(Utah DOT, 2016)
- Monitoring Motor Vehicle Driver Fatigue (Minnesota DOT, 2015)
- Snowplow Simulation Training Study (Illinois DOT, 2011)
- Snowplow Simulator Training Evaluation (Arizona DOT, 2006)
- 2017 International Conference on Managing Fatigue: This biennial conference focuses on the effects of fatigue in the transportation sector. Abstracts and presentations are available.
- Snow Plow Safety poster: Produced by Iowa LTAP and the Center for Transportation Research and Education at Iowa State University.
Iowa DOT Snow Plowing Techniques (segment on fatigue begins at 10:00) – Winter Operations Training Series, Video 7 of 15