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Accession Number PB2013-108956
Title Health and Productivity of Commuter Railroad Employees Involved in Critical Incidents.
Publication Date Feb 2011
Media Count 69p
Personal Author P. Sherry
Abstract The effects of accidents-termed Critical Incidents-on the health and productivity of rail transit workers have not been fully investigated. Anecdotal evidence suggests lasting effects of these incidents. Surveys were obtained from 363 commuter railroad operating employees from 3 different U.S. locations regarding their involvement in Critical Incidents (CIs) such as grade crossing accidents, striking trespassers, and others, achieving a 78.6% response rate among urban workers. The survey assessed general psychological state, health, and perceived work productivity. Nearly half of all rail transit operators (43.6%) reported involvement in a CI during their careers and, of those, nearly half (48%) reported involvement in more than one incident. A total of 12.1% of those in CIs scored in the clinical range on a standard measure of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The odds of scoring in the clinical range on the PTSD measures were approximately 6 to 1 for those involved in a CI. Persons involved in CIs reported significantly higher levels of intrusive thoughts, heightened emotional arousal, and sleep disturbances. Persons involved in CIs subsequently reported more physical health difficulties and were twice as likely to report depression and miss significantly more work days (2.96) than those not involved in CIs (1.5).
Keywords Absenteeism
Critical incidents
Health effects
Post traumatic stress disorder(PTSD
Rail accidents
Railroad employees
Sleep disturbances

Source Agency Federal Transit Administration
NTIS Subject Category 85I - Railroad Transportation
92B - Psychology
57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
57W - Stress Physiology
44G - Environmental & Occupational Factors
Corporate Author Denver Univ., CO. National Center for Intermodal Transportation.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1321
Contract Number CO-26-7010-00

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