Human factors: Human factors in accident investigations
Accident investigations should consider why human failures occurred. Finding the
underlying (or latent, root) causes is the key to
preventing similar accidents.
Human and organisational factors have contributed to the causes of several recent incidents, in a variety of safety critical industries. A selection of detailed investigation reports
- Guidance On Investigating and Analysing Human and Organisational Factors Aspects of Incidents and Accidents
Published By Energy Institute, London, May 2008. ISBN 978 0 85293 521 7. This publication is aimed at anyone who is involved in an incident/accident investigation or analysis - either as the lead investigator or part of the supporting team. It has been developed following an extensive review of the literature on accident investigation, as well as from interviews and discussion with users and developers of these investigation and analysis methods. HSE contributed both technically and financially to the development and dissemination of this publication.
- Reducing error and influencing
behaviour (HSG48), HSE Books 1999, ISBN 0 7176 2452
8. Essential HSE generic industry guidance on human
factors - a simple introduction
- Lessons from Longford: the Esso Gas Plant Explosion, Andrew Hopkins, CCH Australia Ltd, 2000,
ISBN 1 86468 422 4
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Excellent and clear summary of main issues arising from the
incident including the widespread over-focus on personal safety matters and personal safety KPIs on major hazard sites.