Cognitive Ergonomics Report : Ladbroke Grove Rail Crash
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Cognitive Ergonomics Report: Ladbroke Grove rail crash
On the 5th of October 1999 at 8.06 am, a light commuter train left Paddington station from Platform 9 on route to Bedwyn in Wiltshire. Approximately three minutes later the train collided with a high-speed train coming from the opposite direction at a combined speed of 130 mph causing the deaths of 31 people, including the drivers of both trains (~400 injured). IK20 passed signal SN109 on gantry 8 at red for danger, travelling at 41 mph and accelerating.
This report investigates potential cognitive factors that could be plausible answers as to why the disaster of Paddington Rail occurred. The factors that will be covered are the driver of Thames Turbo Train, Michael Hodder. Due to many theories as to why the train failed to stop after being ordered to do so, it is important to investigate which theories are plausible in terms of cognitive factors. The factors and subjects that will be addressed relate to Alertness, Attention, Visual Perception and Training. All of these factors are crucial when focusing on this incident, as if any of these theories were to be accepted as the cause of the event, it is important to understand how to prevent future situations of a similar nature.
Although there is no legitimate way to determine why the driver of the Thames Turbo Train, Hodder, missed the amber signals, it is a plausible cause that the driver was suffering from fatigue or was lacking in