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Why Human Error Is Considered As A Major Issue?

Posted in Training & Skill Development

From the time there have been airplanes, people have been there to uphold the safety operations of an airplane. Although generally the focus of airplane maintenance was seen on the machinery, that is keeping the aircraft flying at peak performance. A good aircraft mechanic is more than the skills that is used in the hanger. Many aviation departments today are having human factors workshops. This human factors workshop helps in optimizing and analyzing the psychological and physical traits possesses. This is to see the working relationship and job performance. The objective of having these human factors workshops is to assess the human role in the series of events which causes an aviation occurrence and to lessens or prevent any serious occurrences.

It has been documented that the primary contributor to more than nearly 70% of commercial aircraft accident on hull loss is human error. Generally human error is associated with flight operations but recent times human error has become a main concern in air traffic management and maintenance practice. The aviation department has aviation human factors training workshops for all mechanics, engineers and pilots. This aviation human factors training workshops are conducted to apply the new knowledge about the interface between commercial aircrafts and human performance to help operators improve and increase the efficiency and safety in their operations.

The term, human factor has grown rapidly popular with the commercial aviation industry because of the realization of human error in most aviation incidents and accidents rather than being a mechanical failure. Human factors in narrow wise are considered similar to maintenance resource management or crew resource management. However, human factors are broader in scope and knowledge base. Human factors consists of gathering information about human abilities, characteristics, limitations and applying it to machines, tools, systems, jobs, tasks and environment to produce comfortable, safe and human use effectively.

Human factors in aviation are committed to better understanding on how humans can most efficiently and safely be combined with technology. This understanding is then interpreted into training, design, procedures and policies in helping humans to perform better. In spite of technology advancing, humans are in the end responsible for ensuring the safety and success of the aviation industry. The humans in the aviation industry need to be knowledgeable at all times with the latest developments, be dedicated, be flexible, be efficient and also have good judgment.

Today, the aviation industry makes major investments not only on equipment and systems but also on training. Training and improving human performance can benefit the aviation industry to reduce the accident rate in commercial aircrafts.