A Crane, a Collision and 'Can do' Bias

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I’ve often wondered how many accidents occur after the words ‘I can’. Some call it ‘can-do-itis’, others ‘push-on-itis’ and others, normally at a human factors course, call it ‘plan continuation bias’ or ‘confirmation bias’. Whatever you call it, it is easy to point the self-righteous ‘you-should-not-have’ finger at an accident like this collision in London’s CBD between sky scraper and helicopter but should we?

This article was written for CASA’s flight safety magazine and can be found by clicking here or on the picture. 


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