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Human Factors Seminar ONLY - Nov 2021

  • 11 Nov 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sheraton at University City, Philadelphia, PA
  • 96


  • 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.
  • 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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Seminar DATE:  November 11, 2021

This 1-day seminar will provide education regarding human factor issues related to accident causation.  The seminar is hosted in partnership between AARS and the International Association of Railway Operating Officers (IAROO).

The seminar is presented by Gary Wolf, President, Wolf Railway Consulting, the rail industry's preeminent expert on railroad accident investigation and causation and 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.

<<If registering for both the Nov. 9-10 Derailment Seminar and the Nov. 11 Human Factors Seminar, please registered under the combined event page to get discounted rate>>

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

Registration Fee:  $449 for AARS members, $549 for non members and includes the one-day seminar with lunch.  (AARS annual membership is $75.)

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, 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 Address3549 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Seminar Topics:

 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

 - 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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