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Measuring human performance of Malaysian train drivers: a factor analysis

Sani, Jalil Azlis and Md Dawal, Siti Zawiah and Mohmad Zakwan@Zakuan, Norhayati and Mohideen Batcha, Mohd Faizal (2013) Measuring human performance of Malaysian train drivers: a factor analysis. In: 17th International Conference on Industrial Engineering: Theory, Applications and Practice (IJIE 2013) , 6-9 Oktober 2013, Korea.


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Performance of workers is an important factor for a designer or engineer in designing or improving related equipment, interface, job or system as a whole. Understanding human performance during design stage may reduce potential errors and improve safety aspects as well as effectiveness. Therefore, a study was done to identify factors in measuring human performance of train drivers. A self-administered survey, which was completed by the locomotive drivers and junior drivers, was conducted among train drivers from a local train operating company (TOC) in Malaysia. The survey was conducted in five railway depots across Peninsular Malaysia, namely Perai, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Gemas and Kuala Lipis. A total of 229 responses were returned. Factor analysis technique was used for data reduction and to examine the relationship among variables. Step-by-step procedure of factor analysis was conducted to determine the number of factor solution appropriate for evaluating human performance. The final analysis result using Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin (KMO), which measured the sampling adequacy, was found to be 0.829 with 47.8% total variance. All 36 items had loading more than 0.4 and were loaded on five-factor solution without redundancy. The five-factor solution was the best proposed result upon item deletion and was measured with item loading as KMO value and eigenvalue were used as comparison.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology > TF Railroad engineering and operation
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering > Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2013 08:21
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 07:22
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/4492
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