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'The serious reader will find the book intensely moving at times. The wealth of real case studies, tragedies, splendid successes and discoveries, make it well balanced and difficult to put down. Certainly it merits repeated reading for continuous satisfaction and inspiration.' --Occupational Safety & Health, May 2009

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James Reason was Professor of Psychology at the University of Manchester from 1977-2001, from where he graduated in 1962. He obtained his PhD in 1967. From 1964-76, he was Lecturer then Reader in Psychology at the University of Leicester. He has also worked at the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine, Farnborough, and the US Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola. His primary research interest has been the human and organizational contributions to the breakdown of complex, well-defended systems. He has written books on absent-mindedness, human error, aviation human factors, on managing the risks of organizational accidents and, most recently, on error management in maintenance operations. He has researched and consulted in the fields of aviation, railways, nuclear power generation, maritime safety, oil exploration and production, mining, chemical process industry, road safety, banking and health care. He received the Distinguished Foreign Colleague Award from the US Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (1995), the Flight Safety Foundation/Airbus Industrie Award for achievements in human factors and flight safety (2001), and the Roger Green Medal from the Royal Aeronautical Society for contributions to human factors as applied to aerospace (2001), and the Flight Safety Foundation/Boeing Aviation Safety Lifetime Achievement Award (2002) He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the British Psychological Society. He received an honorary DSc from the University of Aberdeen in 2002, and was awarded a CBE in 2003 for contributions to patient safety. In 2006, he was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754674029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754674023
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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James Reason's importance in shaping the current view on safety and accidents cannot be overstated. I could not agree more with this claim on the back cover of his latest book. The accident causation model that has brought Mr. Reason global fame, the Swiss cheese model, is at the foundation of most of the risk analysis models in use today.

The Human Contribution adds further to James' work but it also summarises a lot of his previous work. On the theoretical side, James describes some new risk models and comments on recent developments in risk models developed by others. Some of his comments are particularly interesting, I will provide you some extra highlights further below.

At the core of his new book are the stories of major accidents, in particular those where `heroic actions' prevented much worse from occurring. The Boeing from Air Canada that had to make an emergency landing on an air strip so small that the pilot had no choice but to gamble flying as if it was a glider plane (no one ever dared trying that). Captain Rostron who rescued the survivors of Titanic with an old ship that could have easily suffered the same fate as Titanic. There are many great stories of heroic behavior that are told by James in a very clear and factual manner.

The reason James puts such an emphasis on these stories becomes clear in his chapter on individual and collective mindfullness. The tension between the concept of `human as hazard' and `human as hero' is what Professor Reason has on his mind. His work on accident causation, which has led to the incredibly popular Tripod Beta incident analysis method, has contributed to organisations treating their employees mainly as hazards.
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James Reason's books, Human Error, Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents and now The Human Contribution should be a mandatory reading for anyone concerned with safety performance. This book is easy to read and takes us from the Human as hazard to the Human as hero and gives valuable insights. Also the Knotted Rubber band model is an important contribution to understand that safety performance is constantly drifting to either side of the desired safety level and emphasises the importance of staying on top of what is going on. For as Reason says in his final comments in the book "Safety is guerilla war".
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It's hard to add to the very comprehensive review by S. D. E. Diekstra. So here are just a few personal observations:
* The first part of the book is devoted to a series of lists and definitions. Worthy and academically rigorous but, well, dull.
* There is some interesting theory, particularly around the author's "swiss cheese" model.
* The examples or "case studies" take up a fair part of the book and begin to look suspiciously like padding. They could easily be drawn from Wikipedia or similar sources. Much more detail than necessary.
* The summarising chapters, which introduce some additional theory, are worthwhile.

Overall I would have liked to have seen more theory and less detail in the description of accidents, but the book is well worth the money.
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This is an excellent book on safety because of what James Reason conveys he has learned about safety over the course of his career. Buy this book and reread the Final Words on the last page seventy times over.

To paraphrase James Reason: "Safety is a goal that has to be constantly striven for rather than achieved. Safety is not a state of grace but a guerilla war, and there is a silver lining: you can still do the best you can."
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James Reason is among the very best Human Factors scientists. His precise methodology in analysing the ultimate cause of accidents and technological disasters holds the reader's interest as well as looking at every possible detail involved in the event.
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