ⓘ Latent human error is a common reason for an accident that causes damage. The errors effect does not happen immediately and is often a result of multiple errors ..

                                     

ⓘ Latent human error

Latent human error is a common reason for an accident that causes damage. The errors effect does not happen immediately and is often a result of multiple errors made by people in a system that is set up poorly. Thus, latent human error causes indirect and not immediately obvious damage. Latent human error is often discussed in aviation mistakes, and makes up over 70% of the accidents.

By gathering data about errors made, then collating, grouping and analyzing them, it can be determined whether a disproportionate amount of similar errors are being made. If this is the case, a contributing factor may be disharmony between the respective systems/routines and human nature or propensities. The routines or systems can then be analyzed, potential problems identified, and amendments made if necessary, in order to prevent future errors, incidents or accidents.