BMWED HEALTH AND SAFETY STUDY – SUMMARY REPORT TO THE MEMBERSHIP
This document is a Summary Report to the BMWED membership outlining the key findings of the Occupational Safety and Health research project. The Summary Report was authored by a team of highly-credentialed medical and academic researchers with extensive experience in workplace safety and health, both nationally and internationally. The full research project includes three separate areas of study: (1) epidemiology, (2) ergonomic and physical hazards, and (3) social and economic impacts. This unprecedented study of Maintenance-of-Way (MOW) workers found statistically significant elevated levels of disease and injury compared to other workers, accompanied by unexpectedly high economic and social costs. These findings strongly suggest the critical need for intensified collaborative efforts by labor, management, and the regulatory community to better understand, and then to eliminate or mitigate, contributing occupational factors. These finding also underscore the critical need for broad and comprehensive health and welfare benefits for BMWED members. The overarching goal of this research effort by the union is to educate MOW workers concerning job-related risks and to provide BMWED with the statistical data necessary to support collaborative Risk Reduction efforts. These collaborative Risk Reduction efforts, mandated under the Federal Rail Safety Act of 2008, are intended to reduce railroad accidents, injuries and disease and to improve the safety, heath, and working lives of MOW workers.
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