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Fatigued crews, crude oil increase risk for disaster

As the industry to transport hazardous crude oil in the Northwest continues to grow, so does the threat of accidents caused by fatigued and sleep-deprived railroad workers.

Oregon Public Radio reports "railroad workers are more likely to get fewer than seven hours of sleep on work days, studies show. They also report sleep disorders beyond the norm for working adults. Crews fighting sleep deprivation are impaired at levels comparable to alcohol intoxication and can increase the risk of accidents anywhere from 11 to 65 percent."

And though accidents and injuries have decreased dramatically in the past few decades, fatigue remains one issue safety advocates say hasn’t been adequately addressed.

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