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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-93-0531-2410, National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Chicago, Illinois.

Trout DB; Hsiao H
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 93-0531-2410, 1994 Mar; :1-19
In response to a request from the Transportation Communication International Union (TCU), an investigation was begun into injuries experienced by employees who worked in the Superliner sleeper car deluxe and economy bedrooms for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (SIC-4011) (Amtrak), out of Chicago, Illinois. The mechanisms for raising and lowering the upper Superliner beds, as well as the mechanisms for holding these beds in the upright position were investigated. Records were reviewed, employees interviewed, and an evaluation was performed of the dynamic forces involved with working the equipment for these beds. In Superliner bedrooms from January 1, 1986 through April 30, 1993, there were 22 injuries reported, accounting for 12% of all injuries reported among attendants in all Amtrak bedroom cars and 1.2% of all injuries among Amtrak train employees. Of the 22 injuries, 21 were either bruises or sprains. The causes included being struck by a falling bed, injury while attempting to move a bed, or falling from an elevation. There was a potential for overexertion in setting the upper beds because of bed dimensions, bed weight, and work procedures. The authors conclude that injuries among train attendants who work in Superliner sleeper car bedrooms made up 12% of injuries among attendants working in all Amtrak bedroom cars. Factors involved in many of the injuries included inadequate maintenance and inadequate training. The authors recommend that improvements be made in maintenance and training to lessen the risk to employees from this type of activity.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-93-0531-2410; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Accident-analysis; Safety-research; Railroad-industry; Traumatic-injuries; Work-practices; Author Keywords: Railroads, Line Haul Operating; Ergonomics, Musculoskeletal Injuries; Train Attendants; Superliner® beds
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