Risk Management and the Concept of Human Error

Jens Rasmussen

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    Abstract

    Investigations of recent major accidents invariably have pointed to the role of human error and it is often stated that 80-90 % of all accidents are caused by human error. The concept of human error is, however, very elusive. Careful analyses of such accidents tend to show that they are not caused by a stochastic coincidence of faults and human errors, but by a systemic erosion of the defenses due to decision making under competitive pressure in a dynamic environment. The presentation will discuss the nature of human error and the risk management problems found in a dynamic, competitive society facing a fast pace of technological change.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of Foundation for Advancement of International Science: FAIS 1995 Forum; Safety Control and Risk Management
    Number of pages32
    Publication date1995
    Publication statusPublished - 1995
    EventFAIS 1995 Forum; Safety Control and Risk Management - Tokyo, Japan
    Duration: 18 Jul 199519 Jul 1995

    Conference

    ConferenceFAIS 1995 Forum; Safety Control and Risk Management
    CountryJapan
    CityTokyo
    Period18/07/199519/07/1995

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