Role of Human Factors in Preventing Cargo Tank Truck Rollovers

Several major sources of crash data were reviewed in the study to quantify cargo tank rollover issues. These sources identified "driver error" as the most significant cause of cargo tank truck rollovers. The Cargo Tank Roll Stability Study categorized all driver-related findings under the "driver training" heading. While training is a key factor, it has been suggested that other factors in the driver's environment could contribute to a rollover, because even experienced drivers have rollovers. Further research into the "why" of driver-caused rollovers could help answer such questions as: Why is driver error the main cause of three-quarters of cargo tank truck rollovers? What guidance could be developed to help mitigate driver error as a cause of cargo tank truck rollovers? What actions have carriers taken to reduce driver-caused rollovers and how can those actions be shared with the industry? Are there lessons to be learned from other industries or countries. To aid in crash reduction, further root cause investigation, coupled with identifying best driver safety, management, and communication practices, could present an efficient approach to reducing driver errors because it can accelerate improvements by eliminating the trial and error process in countermeasure development. The objectives of this research are to (1) identify and analyze the root causes of the major driver factors contributing to cargo tank truck rollovers and (2) determine best safety, management, and communication practices that can be used to minimize or eliminate driver errors in cargo tank truck operations.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $200000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project HM-13

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

    U.S. Department of Transportation
    East Building, 2nd Floor 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Rogers, William

  • Start Date: 20101029
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25478

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461616
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project HM-13
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:49PM