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dc.contributor.authorW. A. Dekker, Sidneyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:19:06Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:19:06Z
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.modified2011-05-30T06:55:53Z
dc.identifier.issn00187208en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1518/001872007X312423en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/38860
dc.description.abstractObjective: This paper analyzes some of the problems with error counting as well as the difficulty of proposing viable alternatives. Background: Counting and tabulating negatives (e.g., errors) are currently popular ways to measure and help improve safety in a variety of domains. They uphold an illusion of rationality and control but may offer neither real insight nor productive routes for improving safety. Method: The paper conducts a critical analysis of assumptions underlying error counting in human factors. Results: Error counting is a form of structural analysis that focuses on (supposed) causes and consequences; it defines risk and safety instrumentally in terms of minimizing negatives and their measurable effects. In this way, physicians can be proven to be 7500 times less safe than gun owners, as they are responsible for many more accidental deaths. Conclusion: The appeal of error counting may lie in a naive realism that can enchant researchers and practitioners alike. Supporting facts will continue to be found by those looking for errors through increasingly refined methods. Application: The paper outlines a different approach to understanding safety in complex systems that is more socially and politically oriented and that places emphasis on interpretation and social construction rather than on putatively objective structural features.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherSageen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom177en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto184en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue2en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalHuman Factorsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume49en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental and Occupational Health and Safetyen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111705en_US
dc.titleDoctors Are More Dangerous Than Gun Owners: A Rejoinder to Error Countingen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2007
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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