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RSIA's Requirements Increased Rest Time and Decreased Fatigue
Risk While Leaving Opportunities for Further Reductions in
Fatigue Risk from Night Work 15
New Hours of Service Requirements Have Led to Operational and
Administrative Changes That Have Increased Some Railroads'
Too Soon to Assess FRA's Hours of Service Oversight, but
Implementation of Pilot Project and Waiver Provisions Could
Yield More Data to Address Fatigue 39
Recommendations for Executive Action 50
Agency Comments and Our Evaluation 51
Appendix I Objectives, Scope, and Methodology 54
Appendix II The Development of Biomathematical Models of Fatigue 66
Appendix III GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments 70
Table 1: Selected Hours of Service Requirements for Freight
Railroad Train Employees 10
Table 2: Hours of Service and Hours of Service Recordkeeping
Inspections of Freight Railroads, Fiscal Years 2005-2010 42
Table 3: Hours of Service and Hours of Service Recordkeeping
Enforcement Actions Taken against Freight Railroads,
Fiscal Years 2005-2010 44
Table 4: Disposition of Petitions for Waivers of Limitations on
Hours of Service for Railroad Employees, May 2009
through June 2011 48
GAO-11-853 Freight Railroad Safety
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United States. Government Accountability Office. Freight Railroad Safety: Hours of Service Changes Have Increased Rest Time, but More Can Be Done to Address Fatigue Risks, report, September 28, 2011; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc298306/m1/3/: accessed December 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.