Title: One step closer to the efficient management of speed-related rail incidents

Authors: Cheila Duarte Colardelle, Jacques Valancogne, Stephanie Fond

Addresses: Ecole des Mines de Paris, Pole Cindyniques, Rue Claude Daunesse, BP 207, F-06904 Sophia Antipolis, France. RATP, Maitrise des Risques Systemes, 21 Boulevard Bourdon, 75004 Paris, France. RATP, Maitrise des Risques Systemes, 21 Boulevard Bourdon, 75004 Paris, France

Abstract: This paper aims to shed light on frequent and recurring rail-related excess speed incidents observed in the largest railway company in Paris, France, the RATP. Based on internal examples in the RATP transportation rail system, we will identify, by means of a return-on experience method, the main causes behind these incidents. The causes may be of a diverse nature and, if identified, can facilitate the analysis of each speed-related incident. This study, therefore, aims to demonstrate how to better address and efficiently manage such incidents with a view to revealing the dysfunctional elements within the system, deal with them efficiently and, thus, reduce their frequency and scale.

Keywords: typology of rail incidents; positive experience reflection; organisational learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEM.2003.003302

International Journal of Emergency Management, 2003 Vol.1 No.3, pp.215 - 226

Available online: 09 Sep 2003 *

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