Journal of Ergonomics

Journal of Ergonomics
Open Access

ISSN: 2165-7556

Ruth Ruttenberg

School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University, USA

  • Research Article   
    The Social and Economic Impact of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome among Maintenance-of-Way Employees
    Author(s): Ruth Ruttenberg*

    Thousands of railroad Maintenance-of-Way (MOW) workers develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) from their work. Objective: This study calculates the social and economic burdens of carpal tunnel syndrome borne by thousands of MOW workers. Methods: Economic calculations are derived from the literature and also from a survey of 4,800 MOW respondents, 155 in-depth interviews, and two focus groups. Results: This one health problem alone costs at least $128.6 million to $225.3 million over the course of CTS cases currently diagnosed among MOW workers. Many individuals work through significant pain or have to leave the profession. Some are crippled for life. Conclusion: When a worker has carpal tunnel syndrome, beyond pain and suffering, there are often financial burdens that affect families, railroad companies, insurers, communities, and taxpayers as well as .. View More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2165-7556.19.9.246

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