Item: The human factor - lessons for avalanche education
Title: The human factor - lessons for avalanche education
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1994 International Snow Science Workshop, Snowbird, Utah, USA
Authors: Doug Fesler and Jill Fredston, Alaska Mountain Safety Center, Inc., Bruce Tremper, Utah Avalanche Forecast Center
Abstract: Avalanche accident statistics have long shown that the majority of avalanches catching people are triggered by people. While some accidents are the result of not recognizing potential hazard, most accidents occur because the victims either underestimate the hazard or overestimate their ability to deal with it. Victims tend to make critical decisions based on human desires and assumptions rather than upon the integration of key pieces of physical data. This paper addresses the importance of the "human factor" in contributing to accidents and distills some lessons and strategies for avalanche education.
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Keywords: fatalities, avalanche accidents, accident prevention, avalanche victim, avalanche education
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