A model of suicide and trespassing processes to support the analysis and decision related to preventing railway suicides and trespassing accidents at railways

Jean-Marie Burkhardt, Helena Rådbo, Anne Silla, Françoise Paran

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    More than 3000 people die each year in Europe due to the collision with a train due to suicides or trespassing. This paper describes and justifies a model of suicide and trespassing processes on the tracks from a review of papers on rail suicide and/or trespasses carried out in the European project RESTRAIL (REduction of Suicides and Trespasses on RAILway property). Inspired by Rådbo et al. (2008; 2012a), the model identifies 9 steps and antecedents in the chain of events leading to railway suicides and trespassing accidents, and associates them with corresponding classes of preventative measures. It starts from the identified motives and ends with the train-pedestrian collision. We discuss on the added values of this model and on some important considerations related to the selection and design of preventive measures.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTransport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    EventTransport Research Arena 2014, TRA 2014 - Paris, France
    Duration: 14 Apr 201417 Apr 2014


    ConferenceTransport Research Arena 2014, TRA 2014
    Abbreviated titleTRA2014



    • railroad safety and security
    • train-pedestrian collision
    • suicide and trespassing prevention

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