Could Mandating Sleep Apnea Tests for Operators Reduce Accidents?

Cars from a Metro-North passenger train are scattered after the train derailed in the Bronx neighborhood of New York, Dec. 1, 2013. Edwin Valero/AP Photo Share ABC US News | ABC Sports News Copy Every day millions of passengers put their lives in the hands of train conductors, bus drivers and the truck drivers who share the road with them. All of these jobs require long, monotonous hours with few breaks in between, which can sometimes lead to drivers falling …

Train derailment fuels sleep apnea screening talks

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A deadly Metro-North train derailment last year in which the “dazed” engineer was found to have sleep apnea has pushed the commuter railroad to look into establishing screening for the condition, which could include measuring operators’ necks and asking them and their spouses about snoring habits. Metro-North spokesman Aaron Donovan confirmed that the railroad that serves New York City’s northern suburbs is working with unions on sleep apnea screening, but he cautioned nothing has been …

Train derailment sparks call for sleep apnea screening

By Jim Fitzgerald / The Associated PressPUBLISHED: Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:02 am …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A deadly Metro-North train derailment last year in which the “dazed” engineer was found to have sleep apnea has pushed the commuter railroad to look into establishing screening for the condition, which could include measuring operators’ necks and asking them and their spouses about snoring habits. While no cause has been established for the Dec. 1 derailment in the Bronx that …

Engineer Involved In Fatal Metro

New York Daily News-Sleep apnea has been linked with a number of health ills — including diabetes, obesity and heart disease — and it also carries a huge financial cost. A 1999 study in the journal Sleep showed that untreated sleep apnea in the U.S. is associated with …Metro-North engineer in fatal derailment had sleep […]

Sleep specialist notes man’s recent work schedule could have contributed

(CNN) – The engineer who was operating the Metro-North train that derailed last year, killing four passengers and injuring dozens more, was suffering from a sleep disorder, according to documents released Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB’s investigation discovered during a post-accident sleep evaluation that William Rockefeller Jr. had “severe obstructive sleep […]

NTSB: Metro

By JIM FITZGERALD | AP WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The engineer driving a speeding commuter train that derailed last year, killing four people, had a sleep disorder that interrupted his rest dozens of times each night and said he felt strangely “dazed” right before the crash, according to federal documents released Monday. Asked if […]

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