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Title: Systemic accident analysis: examining the gap between research and practice
Authors: Underwood, Peter
Waterson, Patrick
Keywords: Accident analysis
Systems approach
Research-practice gap
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: UNDERWOOD, P. and WATERSON, P., 2013. Systemic accident analysis: examining the gap between research and practice. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 55, pp.154-164.
Abstract: The systems approach is arguably the dominant concept within accident analysis research. Viewing accidents as a result of uncontrolled system interactions, it forms the theoretical basis of various systemic accident analysis (SAA) models and methods. Despite the proposed benefits of SAA, such as an improved description of accident causation, evidence within the scientific literature suggests that these techniques are not being used in practice and that a research–practice gap exists. The aim of this study was to explore the issues stemming from research and practice which could hinder the awareness, adoption and usage of SAA. To achieve this, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 42 safety experts from ten countries and a variety of industries, including rail, aviation and maritime. This study suggests that the research–practice gap should be closed and efforts to bridge the gap should focus on ensuring that systemic methods meet the needs of practitioners and improving the communication of SAA research.
Description: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Accident Analysis & Prevention. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2013.02.041
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.02.041
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13861
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2013.02.041
ISSN: 0001-4575
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