When markets work, it pays for companies to have safer workplaces, including the coalfields of Virginia and West Virginia
By Charles Gerena
While economic incentives encourage companies to invest more in workplace safety, there are other factors that can increase the likelihood of an accident on the job. James Reason, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Manchester in Britain, has studied human error and managing the risks of organizational accidents.
In a March 2002 article in Quality & Safety in Health Care, Reason discusses why workers will forget a crucial step in a process, even if it's a routine part of the job. Here are some of the characteristics that can make a task more prone to omission:
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