Beyond violations: Human factors in maintenance failures

Ari Antonovsky, Clare M. Pollock

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Abstract

Human factors are recognised as influencing the performance of workgroups in industrial operations. Surveys and interventions in high-risk industries, notably commercial aviation and power generation, have highlighted the practical implications of a focus on errors and violations in the workplace. The results have led to a marked improvement in the reliability and safety of operations in these industries. Lower risk industries such as the resource sector have been slower to develop a human factors approach to the reliability of their operations. This is partly because errors and violations may carry a lower risk, and partly because of a deep-seated focus on the technical causes of failure. As a result, less research has been done to directly link workplace factors with reliability failures. Existing literature implicates the principal human factors that may be associated with unreliable maintenance work in resource industry operations. This provides the basis for further studies designed to generate data supporting a link between specific human factors and maintenance outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages25-31
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event43rd Annual Conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia 2007, HFESA 2007 -
Duration: 26 Nov 2007 → …

Conference

Conference43rd Annual Conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia 2007, HFESA 2007
Period26/11/07 → …

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    Antonovsky, A., & Pollock, C. M. (2007). Beyond violations: Human factors in maintenance failures. 25-31. Paper presented at 43rd Annual Conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia 2007, HFESA 2007, .