Friday, June 24, 2005

Management-Based Safety Can Take Your Program to New Heights

Hats off to the airline industry ...

"What's the safest industry in the country? According to one consultant, the answer is in the clouds.

In 2002, U.S. scheduled air carriers had 10 million departures, flew more than 7 billion miles, accumulated 17 million flight hours and had 34 accidents – none of which resulted in fatalities, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. That translated to 0.195 accidents per 100,000 flight hours and 0.0048 accidents per 1 million miles flown.

By contrast, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. workplaces in 2002 experienced 4.7 million OSHA recordable injury and illness cases – meaning 5.3 of every 100 employees experienced an OSHA recordable case. Also in 2002, 5,524 workers – five out of every 100,000 employees – died on the job.

Gualardo believes it comes down to several key elements that are ingrained in the airline industry's safety culture: Continuous safety training and re-training of pilots; tightly regulated, preventative maintenance of airplanes; redundant operating systems on airplanes; rigorous self-auditing by pilots (they complete checklists before, during and after the flight) and close airline and third-party monitoring of pilots' conformance to regulatory standards; and pilots' acute awareness of the "ultimate consequence" for taking shortcuts."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

Airline Safety - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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