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SA Chapter Event – Casual Complexity in Track Worker Safety Incidents

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm ACST

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Whilst accidents and near misses are occupational hazards of Track Workers, serious incidents expose issues and vulnerabilities where the safety of the system itself is ultimately breached. Unfortunately, such breaches are all too common. This presentation focuses on the results of a cross-country study (Australia and UK) on Lookout working—the primary means of protecting a work group when track workers have to carry out their tasks between passing trains. It is one of the most vulnerable methods of work in rail today. The findings of this study, a meta-analysis of 31 incidents, revealed that casual and contributing factors in such incidents are not necessary what you may expect…

 The webinar will discuss:

  • A systematic review and meta-analysis of Lookout-related track worker incidents
  • Uses data across Australia and UK
  • Focuses on systems issues and looks at co-occurring factors


Dr. Anjum Naweed CPE, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)

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Anjum is an Associate Professor at Central Queensland University with over 15 years of experience across a range of industry sectors. He has a PhD in Psychology from Sheffield University (2011). Anjum has co-edited books, written over 100 peer-reviewed articles and secured over $3 million in research funding. He currently serves a Scientific Editor for Applied Ergonomics and has been a Scientific Convenor for the Australasian Simulation Congress on four consecutive occasions. Anjum’s research has received numerous accolades and in 2018, he received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Researchers. Anjum is interested in understanding the relationship between people and technologies, tools, environments, and systems, and practically translating this across safety critical domains.


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