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Keywords: Emergency warning, train horn, trespassers, music masking sounds, reaction time, acoustic warning device
Abstract: Acoustical warning devices are designed to warn trespassers of an approaching train. This study evaluated the urgency and detectibility of potential warning sounds.
Acoustical warning devices are designed to warn trespassers of an approaching train. This study evaluated the urgency and detectibility of potential warning sounds.
Reports to Congress
Abstract: Trespassing on railroad property is the leading cause of all rail-related deaths in the United States. More people are struck and killed by trains each year while trespassing –...
Cognitive and Collaborative Demands of Freight Conductor Activities: Results and Implications of a Cognitive Task Analysis
Keywords: Cognitive task analysis, CTA, freight rail, freight conductor, conductor training, Rail Safety Improvement Act, RSIA, positive train control, PTC, conductor certification
Abstract: This report presents the results of a cognitive task analysis (CTA) that examined the cognitive and collaborative demands placed on conductors, as well as the knowledge and skills...
An Independent Evaluation of the Switching Operations Fatality Analysis 2010 Working Group's Processes
Keywords: Evaluation, SOFA, Fatality, Rail
Abstract: The Switching Operations Fatality Analysis (SOFA) Working Group was formed to analyze the factors contributing to fatalities in switching operations. The 2010 Working Group...
The Impact of Safety Rules Revisions on Safety Culture, Incident Rates, and Liability Claims in the U.S. Railroad Industry
Keywords: Railroad safety culture, safety rules revision, safety rules consolidation, compliance, FELA, Federal Employer’s Liability Act, incident rates, liability claims, lessons-learned