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Detailed review of: 

Human Reliability and Error in Transportation Systems





Springer, London




Balbir Singh Dhillon




Human Reliability and Error in Transportation Systems


Year of Publication














Krishna B. Misra




Review published in IJPE, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 2009, p. 44.  

The book consists of 11 chapters as follows:

Chapter 1


11 Pages

Chapter 2

Human Reliability and Error Basic Mathematical Concepts 

15 Pages

Chapter 3

Introductory Human Factors

13 Pages

Chapter 4

Basic Human Reliability and Error Concepts           

13 Pages      

Chapter 5

Methods for Performing Human Reliability and Error Analysis in Transportation Systems

20 Pages

Chapter 6

Human Error in Railways                          

14 Pages

Chapter 7

Human Error in Shipping

13 Pages

Chapter 8

Human Error in Road Transportation Systems                       

12 Pages

Chapter 9

Human Error in Aviation

14 Pages

Chapter 10

Human Error in Aircraft Maintenance

12 Pages

Chapter 11

Mathematical Models for Predicting Human Reliability and Error in Transportation System

20 Pages


Bibliography: Literature on Human Reliability and Error in Transportation Systems

12 Pages

Author Biography

1 Page


4 Pages

This book comes from an author who has authored 32 books on many topics and relating them to theory of reliability, maintenance and safety engineering, while covering very many areas of applications. The complete list of his books starting from 1981 to 2008 can be found at his website at:

Human Reliability and Error in Transportation Systems - ISBN 9781846288111

From this list, one can see that there are at least 5 books related to Human Reliability and Errors. His books have published by many publishers. In such a scenario, some overlap between various books cannot be avoided. Not only basic mathematical tools remain the same but also the reliability modelling and methodologies of treating the subject using as FMEA, event trees, cause effect diagrams, fault trees or Markov method remain the same. The present book presents the subject of possible human errors in transportation systems, which includes aviation (including air craft maintenance), railways, shipping and road transportation. It is a very wide area of coverage and the information on the kinds of human errors that are often encountered in these areas of applications is widely scattered. The author has tried to compile all that in one place in this book. For example, while discussing rail transportation system, he lists the facts and figures and examples of human errors and causes of major historical accidents and tracing them to human errors. The examples are more general and it would have been better to discuss some specific case studies with real data rather keeping the analysis very general. The bibliography given in appendix makes this book useful to an engineer or analyst wanting to do serious study.

However, the reviewer is of the opinion that the information compiled shall be useful for an analyst in identifying the causes and in selecting the mathematical approach for a specific application.

Krishna B. Misra


Review published in the International Journal of Performability Engineering, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 2009, p. 44.


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