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UK Rail Workers’ Perceptions of Accident Risk Factors: An Exploratory Study.

Morgan, J and Abbott, R and Furness, P and Ramsay, JE (2016) UK Rail Workers’ Perceptions of Accident Risk Factors: An Exploratory Study. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 55. pp. 103-113. ISSN 1872-8219

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Abstract

Although non-fatal injuries remain a frequent occurrence in Rail work, very few studies have attempted to identify the perceived factors contributing to accident risk using qualitative research methods. This paper presents the results from a thematic analysis of ten interviews with On Track Machine (OTM) operatives. The inductive methodological approach generated five themes, of which two are discussed here in detail, ‘Pressure and fatigue’, and ‘Decision making and errors’. It is concluded that for companies committed to proactive accident risk reduction, irrespective of current injury rates, the collection and analysis of worker narratives and broader psychological data across safety-critical job roles may prove beneficial.

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