ARC Discovery Project
Australian Research Council
It's only human: Understanding why errors occur in skilled behaviour
Prof AM Williamson; Dr ST Shorrock; Ms H Nguyen
Work and Organisational Studies
There is evidence that error plays a major role in the causes of workplace injury and errors in skilled behaviour are the most common type of error leading to occupational accidents. It is likely that skill based error is also important in causing fatal and severe injury in other settings. If we want to reduce or prevent injury, tackling the causes of error, and especially skill based error, must be a prime target. By reducing skill based error in the workplace, current estimates suggest that loss of life would be reduced by about 200 cases per year and annual direct and indirect costs to the community by $484 million. Similar benefits are likely to emanate from reducing skill based error in other settings.
Administering Organisation: The University of New South Wales