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Train drivers have toughest job

Sep 26, 2013News

Statistics have revealed what many of us already knew – that train driving is a tough, stressful job.

Safe Work Australia has releases the list of the most stressful job based on the number of accepted claims for workers compensation for mental stress-related issues.

With 1025 claims per 100 million hours worked – or about 26 times the average job for males – train drivers top the toughest job list.

Behind train drivers is police, ambulance officers, paramedics, prison offices and bus and tram drivers.

A spokesperson from Safe Work Australia told news.com that the stress is likely due to experiencing tragic incidents.

“For males, drivers of public transport in particular train drivers had very high rates of workers’ compensation claims arising from mental stress. This is likely due to the unfortunately large number of suicides witnessed by these workers on the rail network.

The report suggests that the reason more male drivers than female are dealing with stress is based purely on the fact that there are more males in the job.

If you’re facing a lot of stress in your job, contact your local delegate to discuss what measures can be taken.