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Prioritizing Safety
« on: January 18, 2020, 01:28:08 am »
In light of the Boeing 737-MAX disasters, I have pondered: how could the ergonomists, human factors experts, safety engineers, and countless other teams of people have failed to foresee the design issues that plagued this new aircraft? Where was the line between efficiency and safety crossed? As it turns out, there was no single point of failure, but rather, a series of failures that when combined proved to be fatal. It seems that there was either: not enough incentive to uncover the problems; or too much incentive to overlook the problems. In a world where designing, testing, and brining a product to market as quickly and safely as possible is the way to success, how is safety kept at the forefront? What are the best practices for keeping the emphasis on safety without sabotaging efficiency and competitive advantage? What other industries can learn from Boeing's experience? How can they keep the driving forces of time and cost savings from overruling safety? As academics, ergonomists, and safety professionals, what are the looming disasters in your field and what can you do to bring attention to it?

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