Improving the railway’s understanding of accident causation through an integrated approach to human factors analysis and technical safety data recording

Wullems, Christian, Dell, Geoff, & Toft, Yvonne (2014) Improving the railway’s understanding of accident causation through an integrated approach to human factors analysis and technical safety data recording. In Stanton, Neville, Landry, Steve, Di Bucchianico, Giuseppe, & Vallicelli, Andrea (Eds.) Advances in Human Aspects of Transportation : Part I, AHFE Conference, Krakow, Poland.

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Abstract

This paper describes a safety data recording and analysis system that has been developed to capture safety occurrences including precursors using high-definition forward-facing video from train cabs and data from other train-borne systems. The paper describes the data processing model and how events detected through data analysis are related to an underlying socio-technical model of accident causation. The integrated approach to safety data recording and analysis insures systemic factors that condition, influence or potentially contribute to an occurrence are captured both for safety occurrences and precursor events, providing a rich tapestry of antecedent causal factors that can significantly improve learning around accident causation. This can ultimately provide benefit to railways through the development of targeted and more effective countermeasures, better risk models and more effective use and prioritization of safety funds. Level crossing occurrences are a key focus in this paper with data analysis scenarios describing causal factors around near-miss occurrences. The paper concludes with a discussion on how the system can also be applied to other types of railway safety occurrences.

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ID Code: 74655
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Advances in Human Factors and Ergonomics 2014
Proceedings of the 5th AHFE Conference 19-23 July 2014
20 Volume Set: Proceedings of the 5th AHFE Conference
19-23 July 2014
Keywords: Accident causation and analysis, Safety data recording, Railway level crossings
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Rail Transportation and Freight Services (150702)
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 2014 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 03 Aug 2014 22:47
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2014 18:35

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