On January 19, 2017, we wrote about the last train accident of the Long Island Railroad on January 4, 2017. It was thought that sleep apnea played a part in the engineer failure to stop at the end of the platform at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, New York. We stated it was time to have all railroad engineers to be tested for sleep apnea.
In the Westchester & Fairfield County Business Journal on January 30, 2017 under “Briefly” it was announced that ENT & Allergy Associates, LLP has been selected by The Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials to screen and treat MTA employees for sleep apnea and other sleep conditions. The medical staff of ENTA said the service and employee compliance could be a significant step in reducing potential dangers on the regions rails.
Sleep apnea has been identified by The National Transportation Safety Board as a contributing factor in some highway, railroad and airplane accidents. The sleep condition is often underdiagnosed in transportation personnel. The NTSB has been among federal agencies undergoing screening of commercial drivers, train engineers and pilots.
MTA employees suspected of suffering a sleep disorder are referred to the medical group (ENTA) for further testing and diagnoses. Sleep studies would be processed by the medical group (ENTA0 to evaluate the entire upper airway. The rail workers found to require treatment would be offered with nonsurgical and if needed, surgical treatment. According to the medical group, sleep apnea occurs when a person’s airway narrows or closes during sleep, interfering with breathing. The body responds by waking the patient often briefly. This can occur dozens of time during a night and result in the patient’s significant daytime fatigue and loss of focus. ENTA’s CEO, Robert Glazer said sleep apnea and related conditions “are particularly important to treat because they affect the ability of sufferers to remain alert and that can have an impact not only on them, but in the case of public transportation employees millions more who depend on them for their own safety. We are glad to see the MTA expanding their sleep apnea screening program system wide and see this as a model for other rail agencies and transportation systems to follow in order to make this a safety standard throughout the industry”.
ENT & Allergy Associates has more than 180 physicians practicing at more than 40 offices in Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
We applaud the MTA and urge all other railroads to institute the same sleep apnea testing.
If you or someone you know was injured in a New York Railroad accident, you only have 90 days to file a Notice of Claim from the day of the accident to preserve your right to sue. You also have a shortened Statute of Limitations to one year and ninety days from the accident.
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