Omission Bias Also Applies to Safety
- Created: Tuesday, 15 November 2011 09:50
- Published: Tuesday, 15 November 2011 09:50
The welder is preparing to grind the weld on a joint he has just made. He reaches for the face shield and discovers that the once clear plastic has become so pitted and abraded that it has a milky character. He recognizes that the defect makes the face shield more of a hazard than a benefit and since it’s such a small job, he proceeds to grind the joint using safety glasses with side shields as his only eye protection. As he begins to grind, the foreman walks by and observes the job and notes that lack of proper protection – but says nothing. He too recognizes that this is just a brief job – no big deal. As he walks away, he hears a scream. He turns and finds the welder with the grinder thrown to the ground holding his right eye.