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Module 7: Human Factors vs Accident Causation

This module was prepared by the Disaster Management Institute Bhopal in cooperation with the Indo-German bilateral cooperation - InWEnt Capacity Building International and GTZ-ASEM.

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It has been estimated that up to 90% of all workplace accidents have human error as a cause by a number of studies. The term 'human failure' is used in this module to refer to errors and violations, newspaper headlines tend to use 'human error' as a blanket term for both.

Human error was a factor in almost all the highly publicised accidents in recent memory. The costs in terms of human life and money are high. Placing emphasis on reducing human error may help to reduce these costs.


The module provides an insight view about the causes of human errors and suggests the way to reduce the errors.


2.Review of some of the accidents
3.Factors influencing human behaviour
4.Human Factors vs Accident Causation
       4.1.Human Factors Investigation Tool (HFIT)
       4.2.Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS)
       4.4.Organisational influences
5.Strategies for reducing human error


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