Railway Signals Passed at Danger - The prevention of human error

J. May, T. Horberry, A. G. Gale

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The potential for disaster with each Railway Signal Passed at Danger (SPaD) is high. This paper forms a literature review of previous research concerning the occurrence of SPaDs in relation to human error and discusses potential causal factors in relation to situational, individual and perceptual/attentional issues. It is shown that the causes of SPaDs are multifactoral and therefore there is no one solution to SPaDs. The de-skilling of the drivers' task is a serious problem and is not always sufficiently addressed by the introduction of vigilance devices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics 1984-2008
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Papers and an Overview of the Ergonomics Society Annual Conference
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009

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