A year after a deadly derailment that was blamed on an engineer's sleepiness, the nation's second-largest commuter rail line has chosen a contractor to test for sleep apnea.
New York City's Metro-North Railroad said Monday that if the contract is approved, its 410 engineers and about 20 trainees will be screened for the disorder.
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Any engineers recommended for additional screening will be referred to the contractor, Persante Health Care Inc. of Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Persante will provide training and equipment for an at-home, overnight sleep test.
If the test indicates a need, employees will be sent to a sleep specialist for additional testing or treatment.
Federal regulators concluded the derailment in the Bronx was caused by the engineer's apnea. The railroad had no screening program for sleep disorders.