Regional trains collide in Austria likely due to human error

Two regional trains collided late Friday near Vienna, knocking two carriages over and hurting eight people, none of them seriously, officials said.  The accident occurred at 6:00pm near the station of Kritzendorf, about 20 kilometres north-west of Vienna. Four people sustained moderate injuries and four others light wounds, said Infrastructure Minister Norbert Hofer. One person airlifted to hospital with head injuries but was conscious. "We believe that the cause was likely human error, not a technical fault. But this will be investigated in the coming days," Hofer said.

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Wrong test results due to “human error in processing”

FOUR patients at a Sydney children’s hospital have been handed incorrect test results, with a medical error watchdog calling for improved laboratory monitoring systems. The mistake at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead has been described by NSW Health as an “isolated incident” due to “a human error in processing”. “We are nevertheless conducting an audit of other patients’ samples as part of the comprehensive, independent review underway,” chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said in a statement yesterday.

Delhi Metro blames human error for driverless train crash

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Wednesday said that the staff — who were in control of an empty Magenta Line train, that broke through a boundary wall at the Kalindi Kunj depot during a trial run on Tuesday afternoon — became overconfident and ticked a checklist without checking the train systems manually. Delhi Metro has suspended four officials for the mishap, which included one deputy general manager who was the depot in-charge, one assistant manager under him responsible for depot activity, a junior engineer and an assistant section engineer who were involved in operating the train. The suspension is based on the probe by a team of three executive director rank officials.

Department of Justice blames ‘human error’ after 132 prisons staff wrongly approved for redundancy

The Department of Justice has been left red-faced after telling 132 prisons staff they had been approved for voluntary redundancy, only to retract the offer more than 24 hours later. A department spokeswoman confirmed the embarrassing administrative blunder, blaming “human error” for an email sent about 1.20pm on Thursday, December 14 to the staff who had applied through the State Government’s voluntary targeted separation scheme.

Making deaths from driver error a thing of the past

"I think that most people, most experts, would say that there's a strong possibility that automated technology can prevent the crashes that are related to human error, and there is a pretty hard number that's about 94 percent of fatal crashes in the US are attributable, or caused by, human error," said John Maddox, CEO of the American Center for Mobility. People are optimistic about autonomous technology in cars because it works well in areas where humans tend to not work well. "For example, human error often includes lack of vigilance. They're distracted for whatever reason, whether texting or eating or talking with kids in the back seat. Or they could be impaired. Or they could be driving in conditions where they have a hard time, like dark night in an urban area with pedestrians, etcetera," Maddox said.

‘A comedy of errors not in any sense funny’

The identity mix-up that led to two horses trained by Ivan Furtado running in the wrong races at Southwell was on Thursday described as a "comedy of errors" that was "not in any sense funny". BHA head of integrity Tim Naylor blamed "human error" by the equine welfare integrity officers at Southwell, saying: "It must be stated there were undoubtedly a number of procedural failings during the course of that day". Although their identities were checked on arrival, he believed the mix-up occurred when they were put back in the wrong box early in their training and were subsequently treated as the 'wrong' horses.

Human error blamed for morning sirens

Nearly every day, Emergency Management conducts a silent test, an automated polling of the sirens to make sure all of them are responding over the radio. But on Wednesday around 9:20 a.m., someone selected the "non-silent" alarm option. Sedgwick County's public information officer, Kate Flavin, wrote in an email, "Wednesday accidental siren sound was the first time this error has occurred in well over one thousand chances."