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The Role of Human Error in Accidents on German Half-Barrier Level Crossings

Grippenkoven, Jan and Giesemann, Sonja and Dietsch, Sandra (2012) The Role of Human Error in Accidents on German Half-Barrier Level Crossings. GLXS 2012, 8 - 10 October 2012, London, England.

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Abstract

The work at hand presents the results of an analysis of 51 accidents at German level crossings regarding human error contribution on the part of road traffic users. The results indicate that a half-barrier protection does not provide a strong enough barrier effect to prevent accidents. It is shown that overall 41% of all accidents in the sample happened at such half-barrier level crossings, thus making up for the second largest share following light signal system layouts. Accidents at full-barrier protected level crossings and level crossings without technical protection in the sample are negligible. The findings from the investigation of human error types leading to accidents at half-barrier level crossings are of particular interest. Using the GIDAS framework for human error categorisation in the automotive domain, they reveal that 73% of errors occur in the planning stage of human information processing. Violations of rules like deliberately bypassing closed barriers are most prevalent. Countermeasures to minimise the occurrence of such accidents at half-barrier level crossings are discussed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/79496/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:The Role of Human Error in Accidents on German Half-Barrier Level Crossings
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Grippenkoven, JanGerman Aerospace Center, Institute of Transportation SystemsUNSPECIFIED
Giesemann, SonjaGerman Aerospace Center, Institute of Transportation SystemsUNSPECIFIED
Dietsch, SandraUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2012
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Level Crossing, human error, accident analysis
Event Title:GLXS 2012
Event Location:London, England
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:8 - 10 October 2012
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Traffic Management (old)
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VM - Verkehrsmanagement
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Projekt Next Generation Railway System (old)
Location: Braunschweig
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transportation Systems > Human Factors
Deposited By: Grippenkoven, Jan Daniel
Deposited On:16 Apr 2013 12:30
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:38

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