Myth of the Month: Human Error
- Typical of the Human Error Myths is the following from Shappell and Wiegman atHuman error has been implicated in 70 to 80% of all civil and military aviation accidents.Truth:
OBTW: There is much food for thought at the link given above, i.e.,Take care,
- Human Error is never a root cause because it is always the result of deeper underlying factors that are important.
- Corrective actions for Human error are pruning the poison ivy, in that they make the symptom go away temporarily while leaving the underlying factors in place.
- One hundred percent (100%) of adverse consequences would not occur or would be less serious were it not for dysfunctional human behavior.
- Dysfunctional human behavior can affect the nature, the magnitude, the location, and/or the timing of adverse consequences.
- Dysfunctional human behavior can be involved in set-up factors, triggering factors, exacerbating factors, and/or mitigating factors.
- If a causal factor analysis report does not reflect the above it can be "blown out of the water" by a reviewer/ inspector who understands the above.
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