Doctoral Dissertations


"Researchers in the safety field are facing more challenges everyday with the expanding modern socio-technical systems. Safety analysis such as hazard analysis, accident causation analysis, and risk assessment are being revisited to overcome the shortcoming of the conventional safety analysis. With increasingly complex human system interaction in today's modern systems, new safety challenges are being faced that needed to be assessed and addressed. Managers and engineers face the challenge to choose from the vast amount of techniques available and utilize the correct one. Indeed, new or improved risk assessment tools that can address these complexities are needed. One of the most important steps in assessing risk is first to categorize it. There are risks associated with product component failure, human error, operational failure, environmental disasters, etc. So far, however, there has been little discussion about how do managers choose between the available risk assessments tools, which this considered the first step in risk analysis. In this research, risk assessment tools have been investigated, analyzed, categorized, and then applied to case studies in different industries. A pathway for researchers has been paved to overcome the difficulties in choosing risk assessment tools"--Abstract, page iv.


Murray, Susan L.

Committee Member(s)

Grantham Lough, Katie, 1979-
Corns, Steven
Sheng, Hong
Lockwood, Nick


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Engineering Management


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2013

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Applying the Swiss Cheese Model of Accident Causation
  • Variations in Risk Management Models: A Comparative Study of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
  • STAMP - Holistic System Safety Approach or Just Another Risk Model?
  • Toward Quantifying the Safety Cognition in the Undergraduate Engineering Student


xi, 114 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.


© 2013 Hanan Mohammad Altabbakh, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Subject Headings

Risk assessment -- Case studies
Decision making -- Case studies
Risk assessment -- Statistical methods

Thesis Number

T 10380

Electronic OCLC #