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‘Human error’: Still undefined after all these years

Despite the pervasive and controversial nature of the notion of ‘human error’ in academia, industry and society more generally, there is still – after several decades of research – little agreement on what ‘human error’ means. Tom Singleton (1973) stated that, on attempting … Continue reading

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Life After ‘Human Error’ – Velocity Europe 2014

This is a keynote address from Velocity Europe 2014 in Barcelona on 17 November. I wanted to give a fairly light presentation (it was first slot in the morning!) to summarise some key issues in moving on from a focus … Continue reading

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Occupational Overuse Syndrome – Human Error Variant (OOS-HEV)

Occupational Overuse Syndrome – Human Error Variant (OOS-HEV) is a condition involving the overuse of the notion of ‘human error’ to explain unwanted events in complex systems. The condition develops as the result of a number of factors such as the desire … Continue reading

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a human error!

Human error usually gets a bad press. But not on this day in September 1944. Sometimes, just sometimes, errors save lives…

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Maslow’s hammer: How tools bias attention and straightjacket thinking

In May 2013, Edition 5 of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was published by the American Psychiatric Association. According to the American Psychiatric Association, the DSM handbook establishes consistent and reliable diagnoses that can be used … Continue reading

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The HAL 9000 explanation: “It can only be attributable to human error”

In 2001: A Space Odyssey, there is a problem aboard Discovery One. The HAL 9000 computer, artificial intelligence which can talk and mimic the human brain, announces a problem. HAL: “I’ve just picked up a fault in the AE35 unit. … Continue reading

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‘Human error’: The handicap of human factors, safety and justice

“Oh my God. I told those guys at safety that it was dangerous and one day we would lose concentration and pay for it. I already told those guys at safety that it was very dangerous! We are human and … Continue reading

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