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Are Train Drivers at Risk of Musculoskeletal Injuries?

Concerns that some train drivers might be suffering from work-related injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) prompted us to examine the evidence.

We discovered that the risk of drivers developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders such as CTS, which can involve pain and numbness in the wrist, is extremely small.  But train operators still need to address these concerns.  Our human factors specialists developed a tool to help operators consider all the risk factors necessary to assess and manage the risks.

Better understanding and mitigation of the risk posed to drivers by these disorders should result in a reduction of personal discomfort and pain, and related absenteeism.

 


 

Topics covered:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Assessing and managing risk factors


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