An Engineer's View of Human Error: 3rd Edition (Hardback) book cover

An Engineer's View of Human Error

3rd Edition

By Trevor Kletz

CRC Press

296 pages | 46 Color Illus.

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This book focuses on human error as a cause of accidents and illustrates them by describing a number of accidents that have occurred, mainly in the oil and chemical industries. It is intended for practising engineers, especially chemical engineers and students.


"I believe the book would be a useful one for any ergonomist with safety responsibilities. Such individuals may find their horizons broadened…the book should benefit students in tertiary and vocational education. It would certainly deepen and widen their understanding of accidents and their causation…the book provides a good impetus for efforts to improve the lot of humankind in their interactions with each other and with equipment.."

–Murray Sinclair, Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University, Ergonomics Abstracts

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Third Edition 1.Introduction 2.Accidents Caused by Simple Slips 3.Accidents that Could be Prevented by Better Training or Instructions 4.Accidents Due to a Lack of Physical or Mental Ability 5.Accidents Due to Failures to Follow Instructions 6.Accidents that Could be Prevented by Better Management 7.The Probability of Human Error 8.Some Accidents that Could Be Prevented by Better Design 9.Some Accidents that Could Be Prevented by Better Construction 10.Some Accidents that Could Be Prevented by Better Maintenance 11.Some Accidents that Could Be Prevented by Better Methods of Operation 12.Errors in Computer-Controlled Plants 13.Personal and Mangerial responsibility 14.The Adventures of Joe Soap and John Doe 15.Some Final Thoughts Postscript Appendix 1-Influences on Morale Appendix 2-Some Myths of Human Error Appendix 3- Some Thoughts on Sonata Form Further Reading Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety