Human error analysis: review of past accidents and implications for improving robustness of system design

R. Moura, M. Beer, E. Patelli, J. Lewis, F. Knoll

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Abstract

Since the establishment of the high-technology industry and industrial systems, developments of new materials and fabrication techniques, associated with cutting-edge structural and engineering assessments, are contributing to more reliable and consistent systems, thus reducing the likelihood of losses. However, recent accidents are acknowledged to be linked to human factors which led to catastrophic consequences. Therefore, the understanding of human behavioural characteristics interlaced with the actual technology aspects and organisational context is of paramount importance for the safety & reliability field. This study first approaches this multidisciplinary problem by classifying and reviewing 200 major accident data from insurance companies and regulatory authorities under the Cognitive Reliability and Error Analysis framework. Then, specific attention is dedicated to discuss the implications for improving robustness of system design and tackling the surrounding factors and tendencies that could lead to the manifestation of human errors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety and Reliability
Subtitle of host publicationMethodology and Applications - Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2014
Pages1037-1046
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2014
EventEuropean Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2014 - Wroclaw, Poland
Duration: 14 Sep 201418 Sep 2014

Publication series

NameSafety and Reliability: Methodology and Applications - Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2014

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2014
CountryPoland
CityWroclaw
Period14/09/1418/09/14

Keywords

  • reliability analysis
  • shaping factors
  • nuclear power plants
  • accidents
  • behavioral research
  • error analysis
  • systems analysis

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    Moura, R., Beer, M., Patelli, E., Lewis, J., & Knoll, F. (2014). Human error analysis: review of past accidents and implications for improving robustness of system design. In Safety and Reliability: Methodology and Applications - Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2014 (pp. 1037-1046). (Safety and Reliability: Methodology and Applications - Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2014).