Level crossing crash. Thinking more broadly about accident analysis.

An unfortunately superficial view of accident analysis is that the people present in any situation must deal with it as it is and whoever broke a rule must be the reason for the accident.  Everyone one else who influenced the situation: planners, designers, governments, etc but wasn’t there at the time gain all too -often limited attention.  Thus the accident reports find a personal characteristic or behaviour that seems abberant in the investigator’s view (careless, innatentive, distracted, old, young, wearing a hat, not wearing a hat, etc) and nothing proceeds very far.  “Just be more careful”!

In the case of the level crossing crash at Tyabb, the image below is from google from 2005.  The houses on the corner are not there.

There are some trees in the way but the movement of a train behind the trees could catch the car driver’s eye – at least it would be a better chance than through solid buildings.

Perhaps the planning of sight distances needed better thought in the case of a level crossing without gates.

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About John Culvenor

Hi, Thank you for taking a look at this blog. I work in engineering, ergonomics, creativity, design, training, etc. Often this is about helping solve legal puzzles through accident analysis. Sometimes it is about thinking up better designs for equipment, workplaces, and systems. This blog is about good design and bad design, accident analysis and how it can be done better, and how we can make a better, safer world by design!
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