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The Blame Machine: Why Human Error Causes Accidents by Robert Whittingham

The Blame Machine: Why Human Error Causes Accidents


The Blame Machine: Why Human Error Causes Accidents by Robert Whittingham

The Blame Machine describes how disasters and serious accidents result from recurring, but potentially avoidable, human errors. It shows how such errors are preventable because they result from defective systems within a company. From real incidents, you will be able to identify common causes of human error and typical system deficiencies that have led to these errors. On a larger scale, you will be able to see where, in the organisational or management systems, failure occurred so that you can avoid them. The book also describes the existence of a 'blame culture' in many organisations, which focuses on individual human error whilst ignoring the system failures that caused it. The book shows how this 'blame culture' has, in the case of a number of past accidents, dominated the accident enquiry process hampering a proper investigation of the underlying causes. Suggestions are made about how progress can be made to develop a more open culture in organisations, both through better understanding of human error by managers and through increased public awareness of the issues. The book brings together documentary evidence from recent major incidents from all around the world and within the Rail, Water, Aviation, Shipping, Chemical and Nuclear industries.


I cannot recommend this book highly enough. - Donald Muir in HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK, December 2004 ...a good book... Trevor Kletz in THE CHEMICAL ENGINEER, IChemE, March 2004

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Publication date

29th September 2015


Robert Whittingham

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


288 pages


Health & safety issues



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