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Hajiakbari M, Mohammadfam I, Amid M, Mirzaei Aliabadi M. Human Error Assessmentin Minefield Cleaning Operation Using Human Event Analysis. johe. 2015; 2 (3) :38-44
URL: http://johe.umsha.ac.ir/article-1-117-en.html
Occupational Health Engineering Department, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran , mohammadfam@umsha.ac.ir
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Background & objective: Human error is one of the main causes of accidents. Due to the unreliability of the human element and the high-risk nature of demining operations, this study aimed to assess and manage human errors likely to occur in such operations.

Methods: This study was performed at a demining site in war zones located in the West of Iran. After acquiring an initial familiarity with the operations, methods, and tools of clearing minefields, job task related to clearing landmines were specified. Next, these tasks were studied using HTA and related possible errors were assessed using ATHEANA.

Results: de-mining task was composed of four main operations, including primary detection, technical identification, investigation, and neutralization. There were found four main reasons for accidents occurring in such operations; walking on the mines, leaving mines with no action, error in neutralizing operation and environmental explosion. The possibility of human error in mine clearance operations was calculated as 0.010.

Conclusion: The main causes of human error in de-mining operations can be attributed to various factors such as poor weather and operating conditions like outdoor work, inappropriate personal protective equipment, personality characteristics, insufficient accuracy in the work, and insufficient time available. To reduce the probability of human error in de-mining operations, the aforementioned factors should be managed properly.

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Type of Study: Research Article | Subject: Safety

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