a spotlight on the human aspects of accident prevention

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Check lists – who needs them?

Have you flown on holiday recently?  Travelled to work by helicopter?  You may have noticed that your pilot and co-pilot always follow pre-flight check lists, no matter how experienced they are.  The simple process of checking off everything that needs to be done and having someone else confirm each step eliminates, or at least greatly reduces, the risk of human error.

In the offshore workplace, what is your hazard/risk check list and who cross-checks it with you?  How good are your personal hazard-spotting and risk-management tools and do you use them every time you start work?