Human error can be defined as any deviance from "expected" behaviour. The word expected is in quotes because in many scenarios, the expected behaviour is not known or identified until after the event. Nevertheless, error is defined as the deviance from the generally accepted or expected behaviour.
In this POST I’ll highlight the major forms of Error with common examples
There are two major forms of Error namely: SLIPS & MISTAKES
A slip occurs when a person intends to carry out an action and ends up doing something else i.e. the action performed is not the same as the expected action.
Slips can be Action-based or Memory-lapse.
A Mistake occurs when the wrong plan is established. This will always leads to unexpected outcomes due to the wrong plan i.e. the action will match the plan, but the outcome is unexpected due to the wrong plan.
Mistakes can be rule-based, knowledge-based, or memory-lapse.
Skilled people tends to make more errors because of being subconscious to things they do more often.
Unskilled people on the other hand tend to be more conscious, due to fear of not knowing how to do things
Credit: Samuel Olanrewaju
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