May 14, 2009 | Mark Paradies

Can You Measure When Fatigue is a Cause of a Crash?

CNN reported on causes of the crash of the Colgan Air flight in Buffalo, NY. The NTSB is investigating the crash that killed 50 people and many details of the investigation were discussed at a public meeting.

One controversial aspect of their discussions was that fatigue may have been a cause because of off-the-job sleep patterns of the two pilots. Read about it here:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/05/14/buffalo.crash/index.html

Here’s video from CNN:

My experience is that fatigue is often “under-investigated.” That’s one of the reasons that I scheduled Bill Sirois from Circadian Technologies give two talks about fatigue at the TapRooT® Summit.

The first talk is in the Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Track and is titled:

“How To Prove That Fatigue Was the Cause of an Incident.”

It will cover some new software that is available to investigators to prove that fatigue was a factor in poor human performance.

The second talk is in the Behavior Change & Stopping Human Error Track and is titled:

“How Fatigue Impacts Human Error.”

This talk will cover the impact that fatigue has on human performance and human error.

If you want to prevent dangerous human errors and be able to tell if fatigue is causing accidents at your facility, you need to hear these two talks.

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