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Understanding the visual skills and strategies of train drivers in the urban rail environment

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Anjum NaweedAnjum Naweed, Ganesh BalakrishnanGanesh Balakrishnan
Backround: Due to the growth of information in the urban rail environment, there is a need to better understand the ergonomics profile underpinning the visual behaviours in train drivers. Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the tasks and activities of urban/metropolitan passenger train drivers in order to better understand the nature of the visual demands in their task activities. Methods: Data were collected from 34 passenger train drivers in four different Australian states. The research approach used a novel participative ergonomics methodology that fused interviews and observations with generative tools. Data analysis was conducted thematically. Results: Results suggested participants did not so much drive their trains, as manage the intensity of visually demanding work held in their environment. The density of this information and the opacity of the task, invoked an ergonomics profile more closely aligned with diagnostic and error detection than actual train regulation.Conclusions: The paper discusses the relative proportion of strategies corresponding with specific tasks, the visual-perceptual load in substantive activities, and the requisite visual skills behoving navigation in the urban rail environment. These findings provide the basis for developing measures of complexity to further specify the visual demands in passenger train driving.

Funding

Category 4 - CRC Research Income

History

Volume

47

Issue

3

Start Page

339

End Page

352

Number of Pages

14

eISSN

1051-9815

ISSN

1051-9815

Location

Netherlands

Publisher

IOS Press

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Work : a journal of prevention, assessment and rehabilitation.