FRA to release advisory on importance of sleep apnea screening, treatment

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Monday, November 21, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration will issue a safety advisory in the coming days to push railroads to address worker fatigue and accelerate their installation of inward- and outward-facing cameras, the agency announced Nov. 16. The FRA made the announcement in response to a train crash* in Hoboken on Sept. 29 that killed a woman and injured more than 100 others. The train’s engineer revealed recently that he has severe sleep apnea. The advisory will stress the importance of sleep apnea screening and treatment, according to news reports. The advisory, akin to a strong recommendation, is a stopgap measure while regulators draft rules that would require railroads to screen engineers for sleep apnea, reports say.