Incident investigation training needs for the Australasian rail industry

Biggs, Herbert C., Banks, Tamara D., & Dovan, Nathan (2012) Incident investigation training needs for the Australasian rail industry. In Salvendy, Gavriel & Karwowski, Waldemar (Eds.) Advances in Human Factors and Ergonomics 2012- 14 Volume Set: Proceedings of the 4th AHFE Conference 21-25 July 2012, CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group), San Francisco, CA.

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A core component for the prevention of re-occurring incidents within the rail industry is rail safety investigations. Within the current Australasian rail industry, the nature of incident investigations varies considerably between organisations. As it stands, most of the investigations are conducted by the various State Rail Operators and Regulators, with the more major investigations in Australia being conducted or overseen by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). Because of the varying nature of these investigations, the current training methods for rail incident investigators also vary widely. While there are several commonly accepted training courses available to investigators in Australasia, none appear to offer the breadth of development needed for a comprehensive pathway. Furthermore, it appears that no single training course covers the entire breadth of competencies required by the industry. These courses range in duration between a few days to several years, and some were run in-house while others are run by external consultants or registered training organisations. Through consultations with rail operators and regulators in Australasia, this paper will identify capabilities required for rail incident investigation and explore the current training options available for rail incident investigators.

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ID Code: 53323
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Incident investigation, Training needs analysis, Rail
ISBN: 9781466552623
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Authors
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2012 23:30
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2016 14:28

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