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4.5 out of 5 stars

on 14 February 2001
This book has been near at hand since 1995. I still use it often. It is certainly 'practical', with about 80 pages of case studies and a further 120 pages of other appendices. As well as HRA techniques themselves, it surveys associated techniques, such as task analysis, through to the human factors part of PSA documentation and QA of the human error work.
It stops slightly short of telling you everything you need to know to carry out any particular technique, but this is no shortcoming. There is enough information to decide what is appropriate for you, with references to the standard texts for particular methods, e.g., THERP, HEART. There are useful discussions on what to do about things like dependencies, human performance limiting values and maintenance (pre-initiator) errors. It does not frighten readers coming from psychology with complicated algebra and terms, like mainstream reliability engineering texts can!
The author and people he acknowledges are well known in the human factors and HRA world, at least in the UK, so it is perhaps no accident that the book gives such a well-rounded picture. The only thing with a remotely negative tone I can find to say is that some of the leaves have begun to fall out of my paperback version, due to my overuse of it!
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on 5 April 2007
The content of this book is very useful, and is worth of a good rating. However, to confirm the comment of the other reviewer, EVERY paperback copy of this book that I have seen over the years (and I've seen a few through the course of my work) has fallen apart with the pages dropping out. I myself will not buy a copy until the publisher sorts this quality control issue out.
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