Rail workers involved in accidents face PTSD, depression

Posted on February 11, 2015

NEW YORK — Newsweek filed a report discussing how transit workers involved in accidents, such as last week’s Metro-North crash, can lead to significant psychological difficulties and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The National Center for Intermodal Transportation surveyed 363 commuter railroad operating employees for a 2011 report and found that 43.6% of them had been involved in at least one critical incident — accidents, near misses, collisions, personal injuries or contact with people or equipment on the tracks. Of those employees, 12.1% reported symptoms consistent with PTSD after the incidents. Employees involved in those incidents also reported higher levels of intrusive thoughts, trouble sleeping and working, and depression. For the full story, click here.

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