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Preventing Negative Psychological Effects in Locomotive Engineers and Train Conductors


This document summarizes the main findings of a study that assessed various critical incident (CI) management and employee support protocols in the railway industry in order to:

  • raise managers’ awareness of the potentially negative effects of critical incidents on locomotive engineers and train conductors in the rail industry and other transportation industries;
  • share recommendations with them regarding the best critical incident management and employee support practices;
  • inform them of the benefits of strictly applying a critical incident management and support protocol (CIMSP).

This document is intended for:

  • managers in railway companies;
  • professionals responsible for managing critical incidents and providing employee support, and teams responsible for employee assistance programs for railway companies;
  • personnel in charge of training in railway companies;
  • locomotive engineers and train conductors;
  • agents working in railway operations centres;
  • unions;
  • managers and personnel involved in peer helper programs;
  • occupational health and safety committees in railway companies.

This document may also be of interest to other industries, including:

  • public transit operators in urban and rural areas (metros, trains, buses);
  • road freight transportation companies;
  • industries in which transportation plays a significant role (e.g.: mining, processing industries, marine transportation).

Additional Information

  • Cécile Bardon
  • Sarah Felx
Research Project: 2013-0039
Knowledge Transfer Activity: 2018-0005
Research Field: Occupational Rehabilitation
Online since: October 17, 2019
Format: Text