Managing error on the open road: The contribution of human error models and methods

Paul M. Salmon, Michael G. Lenne, Neville A. Stanton, Daniel P. Jenkins, Guy H. Walker

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    Despite the provision of various theoretical models and error management methods, error and error-causing conditions remain omnipresent within road transport. This article presents a review of human error models and selected error management approaches, and their applications in a road transport context. The review indicates that such applications, although extant, are limited, and that, compared to other domains, the impact of the models and methods discussed has been only minimal. Reasons for this are discussed, and potential ways in which the models and methods can contribute to road safety are proposed. In conclusion, it is argued that human error models and management methods, although already well integrated within most safety critical domains, still have much to offer to the enhancement of road safety. Further, it is argued that advances in the area, in terms of theoretical and methodological development and validation, are still to be made, and that applications of the error management methods discussed are required to enable such advances. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1225-1235
    Number of pages11
    JournalSafety Science
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


    • Human error
    • Error management
    • Road transport
    • Road safety


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