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Reference Document: Reducing Hazards Associated with Visual and Automation-Aided Track Inspections: Supplementary Information

Document Series
Technical Reports
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
Supplementary Reference Document for DOT/FRA/ORD-2
Subject Track
Track research, track inspection, inspection, automated inspection, automation-aided inspection, railroad, track safety, safety, human factors, passenger rail, systems-theoretic process analysis, STPA, STAMP, track geometry measurement system, TGMS, aTGMS

This document provides supplementary information to accompany the previously published Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) report titled Reducing Hazards Associated with Visual and Automation-Aided Track Inspections, Report No. DOT/FRA/ORD-21/18. The main report documents a study in which a team of Volpe human factors researchers applied a hazard analysis method called Systems-Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA) to examine three possible track inspection sociotechnical systems. This study led to the development of several recommendations that railroads can use to improve the safety and effectiveness of their track inspection processes, particularly regarding the integration of humans and automation.

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Last updated: Friday, May 17, 2024