A human factors approach to improving safety in shipping

2020-05-06T10:46:05Z (GMT) by Simon Murray
The commercial shipping industry is particularly challenging with respect to safety because of its global operations, multi-national and transient workforce, and fragmented organisational structure. Despite extensive attempts to introduce new legislation to improve safety, shipping accidents still occur at an alarming rate. These legislative remedies for addressing the cause of shipping accidents have traditionally been reactively applied following an accident. However, in other transport industries, particularly the aviation and rail sectors, the analysis of accident causation and the contribution of human error have been more structured and based on formalised techniques resulting in significant improvement in safety performance. The shipping industry has lagged behind other comparable industries in this regard. As a result, a more thorough and systemic investigation of causal factors related to the human element in shipping accidents is required. [Continues.]