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Bus driving can be bad for your health

Posted by on Jun 2, 2012 in All news, Bus, Employment, North America, Occupational health and safety |

[/media-credit] Recent studies have shown that spending long hours behind the wheel can contribute to health problems for bus drivers

 Nearly half of all ‘passenger transit workers’ suffer from high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attack and stroke, according to a US federal agency’s recent research.Dr. Tim Bushnell of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) studied the medical records of 214,413 workers in 55 sectors. He found that 41.5% of ‘passenger transit workers’ —  which includes all types of bus drivers, as well as commuter rail, streetcar, subway, van pool, airport limousine, taxi, and ambulance drivers – suffer from ‘hyper-tension’. This compares with an average of 27.6% for the whole sample.

The NIOSH study was publicised by the north American Amalgamated Transport Union (ATU) following a presentation by Dr Bushnell at an ITF health and safety conference in San Francisco. As well as the shocking figures for high blood pressure, it revealed that incidence of low back pain, asthma, depression and diabetes are more than twice as high among drivers than the average for the occupations studied.

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