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Human Factors Seminar

  • 06 Nov 2018
  • 8:00 AM
  • 07 Nov 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • Sheraton O'Hare 6501 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018


  • Seminar attendees who are not current AARS members. To register as a member, go to Join Now on the AARS site and join at the Associate or Active member level at $75 annual.

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This 2-day seminar will provide education regarding human factor issues related to accident causation. 

The first day is presented by Gary Wolf, President, Wolf Railway Consulting, the rail industry's preeminent expert on railroad accident investigation and causation. The second day is presented by Randy Jamieson, President of Atticus Consulting, a leading researcher of attention related human factors in accidents and includes the CAPTÔ program described below.

Registration Fee:  $549 for AARS members, $649 for non members and includes the two-day seminar with lunch each day.  (AARS annual membership is $75.)

Questions:  Call Carrie Foor, AARS Executive Director, 331-643-3369

Hotel:  The seminar will be held at the Sheraton O'Hare in Rosemont, IL

Call the hotel directly to make your reservation.  Mention AARS to get the special AARS rate of $149/night.  Make sure to book your room by Oct. 22 to get this rate.

Address: 6501 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018

Phone(847) 699-6300

Seminar Topics:

Day 1. Agenda – Presented by Gary Wolf

      The nature of human failure
      Overview of top human factor causes
      Statistical review of where we are in the rail industry with human failure
      The old way vs. new way of dealing with human failure
      The role of discipline in human failure accidents
      Failures of typical investigative techniques
      Looking at the organization as a source of human failure
      What is a safety culture
      Safety leadership What are the tenets of good safety leadership
      Safety Management Systems (SMS)
      Behavior Based Safety (BBS)
      Root Cause Analysis of Human Factor Accidents
      Detailed walk through for conducting investigation of human failure incidents
      The importance of rules testing and how to make good rule tests
      Tips for prevention of typical human failure derailments/incidents
      Case study Class tabletop simulation of a human factor accident investigation

Day 2. Agenda - Presented by Randy Jamieson

The CAPTÔ Training Program consists of 11 eleven (11) interrelated modules that build on one another to introduce and explain key aspects of the science of human attention.  These modules are as follows:   

 1.       Introduction to Human Attention-related Railroad Accidents

2.       Limits of Visual Perception

3.       Limits of Human Spatial Attention

4.       Dangers of Operation Overload and Multitasking

5.       Dangers of Operational Underload and Mind Wandering

6.       The Link Between Stress and Human Attention

7.       Worry, Rumination and Unfinished Tasks and How They Affect Attention Performance

8.       How Habits Can be Exploited by Unusual Situations to Create Attention-related Errors

9.       Fatigue, Nutrition, Exercise and Their Role in Attention Performance

10.    Training Attention Control

11.    Deliberate Practice and the Power of Intrinsic Motivation

Feedback from Participants the CAPTÔ Program:

“I’ve attended a lot of training programs over the years, really a lot, and this is the best training I have ever had!”

…. Railroad Manager

“This is not just a tool.  This is integral to better living!”

 …. Locomotive Engineer

“Management really needs to understand the importance of this work.  There is a need to provide this education to managers so that they know how attention works”.  “

…. Railroad Manager

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