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Sticky: Published articles...

Sticky: Published articles...

This is a list of articles published in magzines, journals or conference proceedings...the link may take you off the Human Factors Academy website.  The Diver Medic Issue #9 (Nov 16), page 38 - Today is a good day to die. An article...

Sep 18, 2017

With Errors: Aviation Blames The System, The Diving Community Often Blames the Individual

With Errors: Aviation Blames The System, The Diving Community Often...

NTSB Finds ‘Blind Spot’ in SFO Radar After Near-Miss to Aviation’s Greatest Disaster Reports the Mercury News: “The wayward Air Canada plane that nearly caused an aviation disaster at San Francisco International Airport [...

Sep 18, 2017

The Power of One

The Power of One

There are a multitude of examples of accidents where the major causal factor has been the down to the inability of a more junior operator to question what the more senior person or persons have done when they really believe that the more senior is...

Sep 02, 2017

We judge based on outcomes, not on process...

We judge based on outcomes, not on process...

One of the most powerful psychological effects is the feeling of social conformance. As humans we are wired to be part of a group, we want to be associated with others who are similar in fashion, outlook, activity, training or just enjoying the ...

Apr 15, 2017

I am biased...you are biased...we are all biased...!

I am biased...you are biased...we are all biased...!

It might be an obvious statement that we are baised, but it isn't just about the obvious things like which food, music, cars or political party we like, but more importantly how we make decisions in the complex and dynamic environment we live in. ...

Mar 31, 2017

Can divers learn from the US Forest Service?

Can divers learn from the US Forest Service?

The US Forest Service (USFS) operates in a highly dynamic and high-risk environment. Changes can happen which can have catastrophic circumstances if they are not picked up. Unfortunately, sometimes things do go wrong and firefighters die or larg...

Mar 27, 2017

The value of training compared to the cost...

The value of training compared to the cost...

Ever since I launched the Human Factors Skills in Diving classes, I have had numerous comments about the cost of the classes and that they are too high at £500/$750 per person. Indeed, this last week I have had the comparison made between ...

Feb 16, 2017

Why did he make such an obvious mistake...?

Why did he make such an obvious mistake...?

Recently there have been a number of high profile incidents in diving in which the decisions made appear incredulous given the outcome. Using a phrase from Todd Conklin, a US-based high performance team developer and safety advocate, the outcome...

Jan 22, 2017

"Known Unknowns" - Are they considered enough in diving...?

On February 12, 2002 Donald Rumsfeld, whilst talking about the lack of evidence linking the government of Iraq with the supply of weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups stated: Reports that say that something hasn't...

Jan 12, 2017

Congratulations on surviving. Dude, you’re one lucky f***er

Congratulations on surviving. Dude, you’re one lucky f***er

This is the opening line of a candid interview between the owner of TopGunBASE, which is a wing-suit BASE jumping blog aimed at improving safety in this extreme sport, and a wing suit BASE jumper called Eric who ‘died’. The ...

Oct 27, 2016

Why is it so hard to thumb a dive, or end something that you have committed to?

Why is it so hard to thumb a dive, or end something that you have c...

One of the key messages given to divers all through their training is that anyone can thumb (end) the dive at any time for any reason and no questions will be asked.  However, those who have been in a such a situation, it isn't easy...

Oct 14, 2016

"Human Error" or "Diver Error": Are they just an easy way of blamin...

Human error is normal. Human error is part of the way we learn. It is almost impossible to remove human error from any system. Therefore, 'Human error' should not be the conclusion of an investigation. If it is, then we are not likely to...

Aug 28, 2016

We all make errors. Let’s not judge those involved without understanding the ‘how’ it made sense.

We all make errors. Let’s not judge those involved without understa...

“People make errors, which lead to accidents. Accidents lead to deaths. The standard solution is to blame the people involved. If we find out who made the errors and punish them, we solve the problem, right? Wrong. The problem is s...

Aug 15, 2016

Why is it so hard to talk about failure?

Why is it so hard to talk about failure?

About ten years ago I started up a small section on a UK diving forum (YD then TDF) called “I learned about diving from that…” (ILADFT)  which was based on the RAF Flight Safety magazine section “I learned a...

Aug 10, 2016

Local Rationality: Why an old lady vandalised art and how to improve diving safety!

Local Rationality: Why an old lady vandalised art and how to improv...

You may be wondering what the vandalism of a piece of art has to do with diving safety and improved personal/team performance, but read on. One of the best ways of getting a point across is by telling a story…and so this story beg...

Aug 01, 2016

Being a deviant is normal...

Being a deviant is normal...

Normalisation of Deviance’ is a term which has become more popular in diving environments with articles being written by well known individuals such as Steve Lewis and Andy Davis explaining the context in terms of diving accidents in the US ...

Jul 17, 2016

Complacency: The Silent Killer... But it's not that Simple!

Complacency: The Silent Killer... But it's not that Simple!

The recent case of Wes Skiles’ death on a rebreather dive in 2010 has brought home the stark reality that ‘complacency’ can kill. The use of the word “complacency" and the term "complacency, the silent killer” ...

May 22, 2016

Incompetent and Unaware: You don't know what you don't know...

Incompetent and Unaware: You don't know what you don't know...

This is a summary of my presentation at TekDiveUSA as recordings weren't allowed. The interactive presentation was just short of an hour so this is a bit of a long post!! The simple premise is that we don’t know what we don’t know. Ev...

Apr 28, 2016

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