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Human Performance

This section is dedicated to news and stories that focus on the psychological human factors that impact safety and human performance.

Hero overcomes weakness – We all have weaknesses … even super heroes! It’s hard to imagine Felix Baumgartner, the man affectionately known as “Fearless Felix” would suffer from claustrophobia when inside his pressurised jump suit required for his world record-breaking sky dive from 39 kms above the earth. Fortunately, he was able to overcome it with some help from psychologists and SCHUHFRIED’s training system. Read more..


Human error baffles engineers – a few years ago, this hilarious story emerged and many believe it to be true. Enjoy …  Scientists at Rolls Royce built a gun specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners and military jets all travelling at maximum velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields. Read more..

Tragic accidents with mobile plant – are we missing something? – On 19 Feb 2013, a worker at a grain storage facility was struck and killed by a reversing front end loader while sweeping grain. The response from WorkCover NSW was to remind us all to focus on traditional systematised & procedural safety approaches but what about the human factors involved here? It seems pretty evident that we’re missing something critical in the strategy to reduce accidents with people and mobile plant. Read more.. 

Team conflict impacts safety and productivity – The news in the Daily Telegraph on 12 March 2013 was about Shane Watson being sacked from the Aussie Cricket team for not being a team player. Shock and horror! This is a classic example of where organisational psychology could have avoided an ugly and embarrassing situation impacting on our nation’s sporting credibility. All too often, we forget that it is psychological behavioural issues that cause team conflict and cultural breakdowns. Not just team sports but operational teams in mining & resources, construction, and transportation.. Read more..

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