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April 24, 2012
People make mistakes, its part of our nature, however some mistakes are more serious than others, and to limit the worst kind of mistakes -the safety critical- companies train people regularly, reminding them of the importance of being alert.
With more practice comes experience, which supposedly reduces mistakes, but here’s the paradox; some mistakes actually occur as a result of experience! How is that possible? Well, because with experience comes familiarity, and “familiarity breeds contempt”, which in turn lowers the person’s guard, and increases the chance of making a mistake.
Experienced people feel safer, and its totally understandable, yet there is a aggregated amount of responsibility that comes with experience; a pilot with 10,000 flight hours should feel confident about his experience, but this confidence shouldn’t blind him, causing him to be careless.
I know this is easier to talk about that apply, but then, “safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.” (Eleanor Everet)