UK. Latest PLA safety campaign target human error

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


The Port of London Authority (PLA) launched its latest safety campaign, focused on the Human Factor, at its Annual Stakeholder Forum today (Tuesday, 9 May).

The PLA decided to target human error after analysis of incident data showed that it was the leading cause of navigational incidents on the tidal Thames in the last two years.  It drew on Maritime & Coastguard Agency guidance highlighting the ‘deadly dozen’, the twelve Top People Related Factors, in developing the campaign.  

Speaking to more than 150 stakeholders at the annual Forum, PLA chief harbour master, Bob Baker, said:

“Over the last two years, human error was linked to more than 40% of the accidents on the river.  Often it’s the simplest of things that trip people up, whether recognising that their mind’s not on the job or suddenly thinking ‘I wasn’t clear in my instructions’.”

The campaign highlights the Deadly Dozen things to watch out for are:

Habits – Don't confuse efficiency with dangerous short cuts

Unity – Do you work well together?

Mindfulness – What have I missed?

Attentiveness – Are you multi–tasking or dangerously distracted?

Notifying – Do you speak up when you should?