Bayesian network-based human error reliability assessment of derailments

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  • University of Salford


The knowledge acquired in relation to failures associated with components has made significant contributions to the development of components with increased reliability, as well as a reduction in the number of rail incidents caused by certain system defects. These new systems have led to innovative developments in both the operations and technology of rail networks. Hence, rail employees must now function in conditions that have high complexity that are hard to comprehend. The risk of failure caused by human error (such as by dispatchers, train crews and track engineers) has developed into a significant safety problem. This study is the world first to provide novel insights into better understanding human errors, which result in derailments at rail turnouts. A most- to-least-critical importance ranking of these errors is established throughout a novel risk management technique. Moreover, the new findings and recommendations of this research study have a strong potential for industry to improve the reliability of rail operation, and avoid safety concerns regarding train derailments at rail turnouts.


Original languageEnglish
Article number106825
Number of pages17
JournalReliability Engineering and System Safety
Early online date28 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


  • Bayesian network, Derailment, Fuzzy logic, Human-errors, Railway operation