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Evaluation of a Human Factors Analysis and Classification System as Used by Simulated Mishap Boards

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dc.contributor.author O'Connor, Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-22T12:11:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-22T12:11:43Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation O'Connor, P,Walker, P (2011) 'Evaluation of a Human Factors Analysis and Classification System as Used by Simulated Mishap Boards'. Aviation Space And Environmental Medicine, 82 :44-48. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2937
dc.description.abstract O'CONNOR P, WALKER P. Evaluation of a Human Factors Analysis and Classification System as used by simulated mishap boards. Aviat Space Environ Med 2011; 82:44-8.Background: The reliability of the Department of Defense Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (DOD-HFACS) has been examined when used by individuals working alone to classify the causes of summary, or partial, information about a mishap. However, following an actual mishap a team of investigators would work together to gather and analyze a large amount of information before identifying the causal factors and coding them with DOD-HFACS. Method: There were 204 military Aviation Safety Officer students who were divided into 30 groups. Each group was provided with evidence collected from one of two military aviation mishaps. DOD-HFACS was used to classify the mishap causal factors. Results: Averaged across the two mishaps, acceptable levels of reliability were only achieved for 56.9% of nanocodes. There were high levels of agreement regarding the factors that did not contribute to the incident (a mean agreement of 50% or greater between groups for 91.0% of unselected nanocodes); the level of agreement on the factors that did cause the incident as classified using DOD-HFACS were low (a mean agreement of 50% or greater between the groups for 14.6% of selected nanocodes). Discussion: Despite using teams to carry out the classification, the findings from this study are consistent with other studies of DOD-HFACS reliability with individuals. It is suggested that in addition to simplifying DOD-HFACS itself, consideration should be given to involving a human factors/organizational psychologist in mishap investigations to ensure the human factors issues are identified and classified in a consistent and reliable manner. en_US
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dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Aviation Space And Environmental Medicine en
dc.subject DOD-HFACS en_US
dc.subject reliability en_US
dc.subject human factors en_US
dc.subject mishap classification en_US
dc.subject ACCIDENT ANALYSIS en_US
dc.subject HUMAN ERROR en_US
dc.title Evaluation of a Human Factors Analysis and Classification System as Used by Simulated Mishap Boards en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.date.updated 2012-03-22T10:57:25Z
dc.identifier.doi DOI 10.3357/ASEM.2913.2011
dc.local.publishedsource http://dx.doi.org/10.3357/ASEM.2913.2011 en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed
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dc.local.contact Paul O'Connor, Cisc, Nuig. Email: paul.oconnor@nuigalway.ie
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