Safety Leadership: Neuroscience and human error reduction

Editor’s Note: Achieving and sustaining an injury-free workplace demands strong leadership. In this monthly column, experts from global consulting firm DEKRA Insight share their point of view on what leaders need to know to guide their organizations to safety excellence. Human errors can be the root cause of both serious individual injuries and catastrophic organizational accidents. In fact, in many industries such as rail transport and airlines, human errors have been identified as the top cause of accidents. Incident reports overall show that as many as 80 percent to 90 percent of serious injuries and accidents have been attributed to human error. And, even highly trained physicians and nurses commit errors in their task performance. Hospital studies show that doctors and nurses in intensive care units commit errors at the…


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