Phil Pinnington CMIOSH, Audit and consultancy manager at the British Safety Council, reviews ‘Introduction to Human Factors in Accident Investigation’, a new book by Dr Robert Bridger.

There have been many research papers published in recent years on the importance of properly considering human factors when conducting accident investigations. Robert Bridger is a consultant and author in human factors, and his new book aims to provide an accident investigator with the key information and tools to start thinking about the human elements that may have caused — or contributed to — an accident or incident. The book provides practical advice that can be applied during an investigation to consider the environmental, organisational and job factors (and the human and individual characteristics of the workers involved), that may have played a part in the root causes of the incident. The reader can then start to address these factors; for example, by looking at whether a job has been designed to enable people to work safely, or if there are gaps in workers’ knowledge, training and even attitudes to working safely.

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