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Railroad Superintendents

2019 Human Factors Seminar

  • 05 Jun 2019
  • 8:00 AM
  • 06 Jun 2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • Sheraton O'Hare 6501 Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018
  • 59


  • Includes 6' skirted table, two chairs, and carpeting and attendance to lunch each day for one company representative.
    Does not include attendance in the session.
  • Special rate for members of IAROO. Obtain the special code from your IAROO administrators.
  • 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.

Registration is closed

This 2-day seminar will provide education regarding human factor issues related to accident causation.  The seminar is hosted in partnership between AARS and the International Assocation of Railway Operating Officers (IAROO).

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, and Dr. Daniel Smilek, PhD, Principals of Atticus Consulting Group LLC. Randy has 30+ years of experience in railway operations and safety. Dr. Smilek is a leading researcher of human attention.  Together they will present the Comprehensive Attention Performance Training Program (“CAPT Program”) as outlined below.

NOTE:  Registration is limited!  Register early to secure your spot.

AARS and IAROO retain the right to deny registration to attendees who are not members of either organization and/or are not directly responsible for operations functions within the rail industry.  

Registration Fee:  $749 for AARS and IAROO members, $849 for non members and includes the two-day seminar with lunch each day.  (AARS annual membership is $75.)

AARS members register by logging in via this site.  IAROO members should select the IAROO member option after they obtain a special code for registration from IAROO.  

Quantity Discount:  For every 5 registrants, get one registration free.  

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

Hotel:  The seminar will be held at the Sheraton Suites Chicago O'Hare, 6501 Mannheim, Rosemont, IL

Book Your Room

You may also call the hotel directly to make your reservation at 847-699-6300.  Mention AARS to get the special AARS/IAROO rate of $169/night.  Make sure to book your room by May 17 to get this rate.

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 and Dr. Dan Smilek

The CAPT Program consists of eleven (11) interrelated modules that build on one another to introduce and explain key aspects of the science of human attention and their underlying role as root cause of human factors-related accidents and injuries. 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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