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Risky work environments : reappraising human work within fallible systems

Author: Christine Owen; Pascal Béguin; G L Wackers
Publisher: Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2009
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Offers insights into multiple and dynamic trajectories of both near misses and mistakes in complex work environments. This book studies the interactions between various activity systems or work  Read more...


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Risky work environments.
Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2009
(DLC) 2008045375
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Owen; Pascal Béguin; G L Wackers
ISBN: 9780754676096 0754676099
OCLC Number: 897006506
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 213 p.)
Contents: Contents: Introduction: shifting the focus to human work within complex socio-technical systems, Pascal Beguin, Christine Owen and Ger Wackers; Part I Identifying System Vulnerabilities within Incident and Accident Analysis: Learning from accidents: analysis of normal practices, Lenna Norros and Maaria Nuutinen; Derailed decisions: the evolution of vulnerability on a Norwegian railway line, Ragnar Rosness; Offshore vulnerability: the limits of design and the ubiquity of recursive process, Ger Wackers. Part II Accomplishing Reliability within Fallible Systems: Channelling erratic flows of action: life in the neonatal intensive care unit, Jessica Mesman; How do individual operators contribute to the reliability of collective activity? A French medical emergency centre, Jacques Marc and Janine Rogalski. Part III Enhancing Work Practices Within Risky Environments: When users and designers meet each other in the design process, Pascal Beguin; Near misses and mistakes in risky-work: an exploration of work practices in high-3 environments, Christine Owen; Conclusion: towards developmental work within complex and fallible systems, Christine Owen; Index.
Responsibility: by Christine Owen, Pascal Béguin and Ger Wackers


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