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OCIMF Principals on Human Factor: Understanding the conditions in which mistakes happen

After realizing that people make mistakes, people’s actions are rarely malicious and mistakes are typically due to conditions and systems that make work difficult, the fourth guiding principle out of the eight OCIMF principals on human factors, comes to highlight the importance of understanding the conditions in which mistakes happen in order to prevent and correct them.

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OCIMF Principals on Human Factor: Mistakes are due to conditions and systems

Incident investigations identify human failure as the key cause of almost all accidents, creating the impression that people cause incidents. However, human error is not simply a feature of individual failure, but is caused by workplace factors, equipment, and task design, among others. Mistakes are typically due to conditions and systems that make work difficult.

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OCIMF Principals on Human Factor: People’s actions are rarely malicious

Many major accidents eg Piper Alpha, Chernobyl, were initiated by human failure. Human failure is not random and people’s actions are rarely malicious and usually make sense to them at the time. This is the second guiding principle for OCIMF actions on human factors, highlighting the importance of understanding why errors occur in order to develop effective controls.

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