Human Factors Methods and Accident Analysis: Practical Guidance and Case Study Applications

Human Factors Methods and Accident Analysis: Practical Guidance and Case Study Applications


By (author) Paul M. Salmon, By (author) Professor Neville A. Stanton, By (author) Michael Lenne, By (author) Daniel P. Jenkins, By (author) Laura Rafferty, By (author) Guy H. Walker


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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 250 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 246mm x 20mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 22 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 1409405192
  • ISBN 13: 9781409405191
  • Illustrations note: Includes 46 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 626,314

Product description

This book provides an overview of, and practical guidance on, the range of human factors (HF) methods that can be used for the purposes of accident analysis and investigation in complex sociotechnical systems. "Human Factors Methods and Accident Analysis" begins with an overview of different accident causation models and an introduction to the concepts of accident analysis and investigation. It then presents a discussion focussing on the importance of, and difficulties associated with, collecting appropriate data for accident analysis purposes. Following this, a range of HF-based accident analysis methods are described, as well as step-by-step guidance on how to apply them. To demonstrate how the different methods are applied, and what the outputs are, the book presents a series of case study applications across a range of safety critical domains. It concludes with a chapter focussing on the data challenges faced when collecting, coding and analysing accident data, along with future directions in the area. "Human Factors Methods and Accident Analysis" is the first book to offer a practical guide for investigators, practitioners and researchers wishing to apply accident analysis methods. It is also unique in presenting a series of novel applications of accident analysis methods, including HF methods not previously used for these purposes (e.g. EAST, critical path analysis), as well as applications of methods in new domains.

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Author information

Neville A. Stanton, Professor, Brunel University, UK, Paul M. Salmon, Accident Research Centre, Monash University, Australia, Guy H. Walker, Brunel University, UK, Chris Baber, University of Birmingham, UK and Daniel P. Jenkins, Sociotechnic Solutions, UK.

Review quote

This book will be highly useful to the serious student or practitioner of accident investigation, in the air or on the ground. It is efficiently presented, comprehensive, and modestly priced. Highly recommended.' Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine Vol. 84, No. 11 November 2013

Table of contents

Contents: Preface; Accidents, accident causation models, and accident analysis methods; Human factors methods for accident analysis; AcciMap: Lyme Bay sea canoeing and Stockwell mistaken shooting case studies; The human factors analysis and classification system: Australian general aviation and mining case studies; The critical decision method: retail store worker injury incident case study; Propositional networks: Challenger II tank friendly fire case study; Critical path analysis: Ladbroke Grove case study; Human factors methods integration: Operation Provide Comfort friendly fire case study; Discussion; References; Index.