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A Practitioner’s Call to Action

Time to confront the bear in outdoor program safety; aligning what we now know with what we’re currently doing. by claredallat “Curriculum development, and our collective approach to facilitating learning in the outdoors has evolved significantly in the past few

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UPLOADS First Key Issue Report: CAMPCRAFT

Everyone, We are pleased to present our first Key Issue Report: Campcraft. Campcraft-related injuries, near misses and illnesses emerged within the UPLOADS first 12-month dataset as frequently occurring incidents with potentially severe outcomes. The aims of this report are: to

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Watch our Human Factors Seminar 2015 online

The Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems recently held a seminar to communicate our research.  The theme for the seminar was “optimising people, technology and their environment.” The links below will take you to videos of presentations from the seminar. We hope you

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The seductive logic of the search for the “root cause”

A recent article by Nancy Leveson and Sidney Dekker discusses the problems associated with searching for the “root cause” of accidents. The article argues that trying to identify, and eliminate, the “root cause” of accidents leads us to focus on symptoms,

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Its good to talk – does your system?

In my last post I spoke about the dangers of focusing on a single root cause when investigating accidents. However, while there is no doubt that accidents are caused by multiple contributing factors, one key element does continue to rear

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Data from the New Zealand National Incident Database informs the development of UPLOADS

A recent article published in Accident Analysis and Prevention explores how injuries and near-miss incidents that happen during led outdoor activities (such as hiking, rafting, orienteering, trekking, etc.) are reported to the New Zealand National Incident Database (NZ NID). This

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Toward safer led outdoor activities: why we need systems thinking, why systems thinking needs systems data, and why now we need you!

It is well known that incidents, regardless of severity, are caused by multiple decisions, actions, and conditions that interact with one another in a way that enables adverse events. This is the case in highly complex systems such as aviation

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