‘One mistake and you are dead’ – isn’t how accidents normally happen

This phrase is often used to get people to pay attention to the hazards they face while undertaking a dive, especially a rebreather dive. If you don’t pay attention and make a mistake, then you are dead. The problem is that accidents don’t happen like this and as a consequence, we...

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Outcomes are sexy and attractive...

In the mid-1980s, there was a flight safety film produced which showed a Royal Air Force pilot walking out to his single-seat Jaguar fighter aircraft for a training sortie. He prepares the aircraft, starts it up and takes-off down the runway. Unfortunately, the aircraft has an engine failure...

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Integration of HOP and Reliability Principles 

Person examining prototypeRecently Teresa Swinton, the Founder and Owner of Paradigm Human Performance, gave a presentation to her neighbours in the Plymouth Science Park, Plymouth, UK, and titled it Managing Operational Performance During COVID-19. There are many gems and valuable nuggets in the...

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How to help correct the biases which lead to poor decision making

Research conducted in 1989 by Deborah J. Mitchell, of the Wharton School; Jay Russo, of Cornell; and Nancy Pennington, of the University of Colorado, found that prospective hindsight—imagining that an event has already occurred—increases the ability to correctly identify reasons for...

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