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 Philadelphia at University City, Philadelphia. The room rate will be $179/night. To reserve your hotel room, use this online reservatin link:
-- or call the hotel directly at (215) 387-8000. Mention you are with the American Association of Railroad Superintendents seminar room block to get the special rate.
The hotel is just a few blocks from the 30th and Market St. station.
Hotel Address: 3549 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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