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.
'This very useful book will make a timely and valuable addition to Ashgate's excellent human factors list.' James Reason ’This book is written for both practitioners and researchers, including students who are interested in accident analysis and investigation. The intention is to enable readers to select an appropriate accident analysis methodology to suit their analysis needs, and then use the practical guidance and case study examples to see how the method works and then apply the method effectively.’ RoSPA Occupational Safety and Health, March 2012 ’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
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.