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Error prevention: Achieving an error-free navigation

Over the past few years, the industry has managed a significant drop in reported shipping losses and errors with improvements in ship design, maritime technology, regulation and risk management systems. Dealing with the human factor, though, is unpredictable. Human error and marine accidents seem to be strongly intertwined. From small fires to big explosions seafarers play a key role. No matter how far maritime technology goes, people are always going to be needed in this industry to keep the ship in motion.

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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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