Essays on Human Communicative Errors Report

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The paper "Human Communicative Errors" is a great example of a report on human resources. The prevalence of maritime accidents caused by human error has increased vehemently in the recent past. As a matter of fact, subsequent studies have established that a significant proportion of marine accidents and cases of pollution are attributable to human error rather than equipment hitches. It has been established that approximately 80 percent of marine accidents and pollution result from human errors. Human Communicative Error (HCE) is among the major human factors in the maritime sphere; with other factors being fatigue among crew members, pressure from the management, poor equipment design, poor decisions by pilots, and negligence among other factors.

Communication errors have further been magnified by the increasing prevalence of multi-cultural crews such that communication becomes difficult. This paper is a discussion communication error as a human factor in the maritime environment and how it can be mitigated in order to minimize accidents and pollution. It places special emphasis on the use of Standard Marine Communication Phrases as a precaution against human communicative error. Human Communicative Errors The significance of effective communication in any organizational setting is definitely indisputable.

As a matter of fact, the success of an organization is highly dependent on how information is relayed and how members of that organization make use of the information to perform their daily obligations. Unfortunately, communication errors remain a major threat to maritime activities and have been known to cause a considerable number of accidents (Koester & Pyne, 2005). Alternatively referred to as Human Communicative Errors (HCE), communication errors occur when the crew members are unable to exchange important information; vital for the safety of a vessel.

The fact that navigation is dependent on the coordination of a team of individuals makes effective communication very imperative. At the same time, it is important to ensure that the navigators can communicate in a common language so as to avoid instances of misunderstanding (Koester & Pyne, 2005). Miscommunication could lead to loss of lives, cargo, and pollution hence the reason why this human factor must be taken seriously.  

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