Human factors in accidents

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Introduction Many organisations spend a lot of time and effort trying to improve safety. As well as addressing technical and hardware issues, many conduct safety management system audits to discover deviations from the performance standards set in their Health & Safety Policies. Line-management is encouraged to conduct regular inspections of the workplace and employees are trained to behave safely and are given the appropriate protective equipment. The impact of such initiatives could be seen in the overall downward trend in accident statistics from 1990 to 1998/99. Over the last two years, however, accident statistics are rising in many UK industrial sectors. In the Quarry Industry, for example, there has been a 60% rise in the number of fatalities (HSC, 2001). We need to ponder why this is happening at a time when the industry is focusing its efforts at revitalising Health & Safety to create a positive safety culture.

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