There is currently no recognised framework from examining diving incidents and accidents to facilitate learning. The majority of adverse events are viewed from the perspective of law enforcement or litigation, neither of which helps with individual or organisational learning. This presentation will take best practice from high-risk industries and academia and propose a framework for use in diving incidents and accidents to facilitate individual and organisational learning using a number of case studies to show it can work.
Gareth Lock is the inspirational founder of The Human Diver, an educational-focused consultancy whose goal is to bring the concepts, tools and practises of human factors to the diving industry. After serving 25 years in the Royal Air Force in front-line aircrew, trials, research and procurement roles, he started teaching divers about human factors, non-technical skills and a Just Culture. Since Jan 2016, he has trained nearly 500 people face-to-face and more than 2000 via online programmes including senior leaders and explorers in the diving sector. The Human Diver now has 8 certified instructors and 6 more are expected by March 2023.
In 2019 he published ‘Under Pressure: Diving Deeper with Human Factors’ which mixes theory and story-telling to bring the concepts to life. After working with the dive team and widow for nearly a year, Gareth also produced the documentary ‘If Only…’, which tells the story of a tragic diving accident through the lens of human factors and Just Culture, the goal being to show how adverse events have a long history and not just the proximal causes.
In the past three years, he has been involved in leading two reviews into military diving fatalities, highlighting that many of the contributory, causal and latent factors were already present within the system and it didn’t need the loss of a life to trigger an investigation. He is currently undertaking a MSc in Human Factors and System Safety at Lund University, Sweden and working with numerous organisations inside and outside of diving to improve safety and performance.
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