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New website addresses rail worker fatigue


The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), rail labor unions and educational institutions have teamed up to create a website, titled “Railroaders’ Guide to Healthy Sleep,” aimed at helping railroaders combat fatigue.

Located at, the site offers insight and information on railroad worker fatigue management, sleep and sleep disorders, and advises railroaders how to obtain better sleep so they can improve their quality of life and job performance. It also features videos and other tools to help railroaders stay safe on the job, as well as an interactive feature enabling workers to test their reaction time.

The website’s creation stemmed from a project that began in 2010 by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET), United Transportation Union, Harvard Medical School and the WGBH Educational Foundation. Data was compiled through anonymous survey results from numerous BLET and UTU members.

The website is sponsored by the FRA and produced in partnership with the WGBH Educational Foundation and John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.

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