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A human factors investigation into the unavailability of active warnings at railway level crossings

Gildersleeve, Matthew & Wullems, Christian (2012) A human factors investigation into the unavailability of active warnings at railway level crossings. In Proceedings of the 2012 ASME/IEEE Joint Rail Conference (JRC), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pp. 703-715.

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Abstract

This paper discusses human factors issues of low cost railway level crossings in Australia. Several issues are discussed in this paper including safety at passive level railway crossings, human factors considerations associated with unavailability of a warning device, and a conceptual model for how safety could be compromised at railway level crossings following prolonged or frequent unavailability. The research plans to quantify safety risk to motorists at level crossings using a Human Reliability Assessment (HRA) method, supported by data collected using an advanced driving simulator. This method aims to identify human error within tasks and task units identified as part of the task analysis process. It is anticipated that by modelling driver behaviour the current study will be able to quantify meaningful task variability including temporal parameters, between participants and within participants. The process of complex tasks such as driving through a level crossing is fundamentally context-bound. Therefore this study also aims to quantify those performance-shaping factors that contribute to vehicle train collisions by highlighting changes in the task units and driver physiology. Finally we will also consider a number of variables germane to ensuring external validity of our results. Without this inclusion, such an analysis could seriously underestimate risk.

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ID Code: 47786
Item Type: Conference Paper
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DOI: 10.1115/JRC2012-74177
ISSN: 978-0-7918-4465-6
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 20 Dec 2011 10:34
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2014 15:16

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