Safety Risks - Human error or mechanical failure? Lessons from railways

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Before World War I, commentators writing about transportation accidents tended to blame the workmen and demand punishment after accidents. After that time, the emphasis switched to mechanical failure, the old ideal of the 'perfectibility of man' having gone with the war. Today, we need to look at both human and mechanical failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7085953
Pages (from-to)99-102
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Security and Privacy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Law


  • Three Mile Island
  • accident
  • human error
  • mechanical failure
  • railroad
  • railway
  • security


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