The criminalization of human error in aviation and healthcare: A review

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Title The criminalization of human error in aviation and healthcare: A review
Author Dekker, Sidney
Journal Name Safety Science
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Abstract This review explores the social causes and psychological and organizational consequences of the criminalization of human error in aviation and healthcare. Increasing prevalence of criminal prosecution is seen as a threat to the health and safety of employees and entire safety–critical systems in many industries, but initiatives to counter or mitigate the trend are local and haphazard. Social causes such as a greater societal risk consciousness and intolerance of failure are examined, as well as organizational consequences for disclosure and incident reporting. Psychological consequences of the criminalization of human error are evaluated in terms of employee ill-health, an area that is under-investigated. The criminalization of professional mistakes seems to be an increasingly prevalent phenomenon at the intersection of safety work, sociology, criminology and legal as well as social justice. This paper reviews possible research directions into the criminalization of professional mistake in aviation and healthcare, in the hope of stimulating debate and eventually legitimating it as a topic of study in its own right.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2010.09.010
Volume 49
Issue Number 2
Page from 121
Page to 127
ISSN 0925-7535
Date Accessioned 2011-07-14
Date Available 2012-02-10T03:57:43Z
Language en_US
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Human Movement and Sports Science
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42320
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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