Energetic load DB Schenker

Client: DB Schenker
Sector: Rail & public transport » Workshops

DB Schenker Rail Netherlands has asked for an up-to-date and improved understanding of the energetic load of employees working outside. The employees perform a wide variety of activities that can have a high energetic load. DB Schenker wants to plan shifts in a sound manner that fits in with the current climate of sustainable employability of employees.


The energetic load of DB Schenker Rail Netherlands employees has been identified by observing the activities during multiple shifts and measuring heart rates. The activities during shifts are compared to the shift card and the current planning methods, to check whether the planning corresponds to reality and whether a prediction can be made about the energetic load of a shift, before the shift starts.


The measured shifts are on average within the accepted standards for energetic load, but there are some outliers. The relatively heavy shifts are characterized by unplanned and heavy activities. The energetic load cannot be predicted reliably with the current planning methods, because the shift cards are hardly used in practice. Physically heavy activities can however be alternated with less heavy activities during the management of the activities. DB Schenker is one of the leading companies in its sector, with this investigation into physical load. The investigation of energetic load was received positively by the train drivers. This investigation gave DB Schenker more insight into the energetic load of activities in order to prevent potential excessive loads.


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Richard van der Weide MSc EurErg Richard van der Weide MSc EurErg
managing partner / human factors consultant

Melcher Zeilstra MSc EurErg Melcher Zeilstra MSc EurErg
partner / human factors consultant

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