August 31, 2020 | Mark Paradies

Is Fatigue a Root Cause of Incidents at Your Site?


Fatigue Causes Incidents/Accidents

Is Fatigue a Root Cause?

I believe that fatigue is one of the most underreported root causes of incidents and accidents.

Why do I believe that? The answer is in the video below where I discussed the 7 Deadly Sins of Human Performance at the 2016 Global TapRooT® Summit.

If you missed the Summit in 2016 or maybe you’ve forgotten the presentation (certainly there has been a lot happen since 2016), maybe now is a good time to watch this short (about 3 minute) video to learn more.

Fatigue Session at the 2021 Global TapRooT® Summit

Plan ahead and learn more about fatigue at the 2021 Global TapRooT® Summit. The Stopping Human Error Track has a session just about fatigue.

Jen McDade

First, Jen McDade from Aware360 will present a technology solution for measuring Fatigue: Aware4Duty.

Dr. Erin Flynn-Evans

Next, Dr. Erin Flynn-Evans, NASA Fatigue Researcher, will discuss fatigue countermeasures. Below is a talk by Dr. Flynn-Evans to give you a better feeling for the depth of Erin’s knowledge…

This is just one of the great sessions in the Stopping Human Error Track at the 2021 Global TapRooT® Summit. See:

What Else Can You Do About Fatigue?

The Summit is still quite a way in the future (June 2021), so what can you do about fatigue in the meantime? Here are some ideas…

• Attend TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training and learn to identify when fatigue is a root cause.

• Check for fatigue in pre-job briefings.

• Employ fatigue monitoring technology.

• Design jobs to avoid constant monitoring of unchanging variables

• Design jobs to keep the operator actively involved.

• Optimize your shift scheduling.

• Rotate people in jobs to reduce fatigue.

These are some of the things we discuss in the Stopping Human Error Course.

What Else is in the Stopping Human Error Course?

The Stopping Human Error Course is a very interactive, fast-paced course that covers practical ways to improve human performance. Topics covered include:

  • The causes of human error
  • Human factors design best practices
  • Methods to find error likely situations
  • Techniques to help supervisors and workers prevent human errors
  • CHAP (Critical Human Action Profile)
  • Human Performance improvement Technology
  • Designing your human performance improvement program.

See the course outline at:

Next Stopping Human Error Course

The next stopping human error course is being held in Knoxville, Tennessee, on September 15-16. This is the only course we have scheduled in the second half of this year so … if you are interested … you need to sign up NOW!

CLICK HERE to register.

Stopping Human Error Book

If you can’t attend the training, you can still order the book that comes with the course.

Stopping Human Error

Reading this book is a great start to understanding and stopping human errors.

Here is an article about the book:

Would like to read the book’s Foreword? Then see this link:

But whatever you do, don’t ignore this important cause of human errors.

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