Item: Human factors in avalanche accidents: evolution and interventions
Title: Human factors in avalanche accidents: evolution and interventions
Proceedings: International Snow Science Workshop, Davos 2009, Proceedings
Authors: Ian McCammon SnowPit Technologies, Salt Lake City, U.S.A.
Abstract: Errors in judgement have long been identified as key contributors to backcountry avalanche accidents. Our understanding of human error in avalanche terrain is improving, but our practical knowledge of how to combat its negative influences remains in its infancy. This article explores how the concept of human factors has evolved in the context of avalanche risk and examines the role of this concept in attempts to reduce avalanche accidents. We’ll look at the implicit assumptions behind five intervention strategies and show how their strengths and limitations point the way to improved decision tools for avalanche terrain.
Keywords: avalanche accidents, human factor, human error, education, decision making
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