June 14, 2016

The Important of Situation Awareness

One of the things I learned today that really caught my interest and make me think further is how important the situation awareness can be. When I heard the module tutor said that one main reason for human error to occur is how people are not aware of what is going on around them, it enable me to relate this statement to my personal experience.

It happened not long ago when I was studying in a certain module of WMG. We were separated to work in groups, where each of the group member was assigned a different task to work on as a business simulation. My task was something really simple, but it does require a lot of concentration that I was not able to think of anything else at the moment. All I was aware of is the chaotic situation that occurs because my group is facing some problem and many of them were trying to solve it. However, I could not get myself involve to really know what the situation really is because of my position that does not allow me to stop working. As a result, all of the work that I've worked on became useless, because it does not go in the same direction with another person in the group. Together with him, we have to worked all over again just because we were too busy to aware of what is the situation that was going on. The lecture today remind me of that lesson, and enhance my understanding of how this is relevant to the chance of accidents and failures.

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