PROTECTING ENERGY WORKERS: A REVIEW OF HUMAN FACTORS IN MAINTENANCE ACCIDENTS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR SAFETY IMPROVEMENT
Joachim Osheyor Gidiagba, Joel Leonard, Joy Otibhor Olurin, Vincent Ebhohime Ehiaguina, Tina Chinwe Ndiwe, Sodrudeen Abolore Ayodeji, Adeyinka Alex Banso
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Ensuring the safety of energy workers is paramount in the maintenance of energy facilities. This paper reviews the critical role of human factors in maintenance accidents within the energy sector and proposes safety enhancement measures. Through an analysis of communication breakdowns, fatigue, complacency, training gaps, and time pressure, this paper identifies key human factors contributing to accidents. Moreover, it discusses human-centered safety approaches, improved communication protocols, fatigue management strategies, training enhancement initiatives, and effective time management techniques as means to mitigate risks. By examining case studies, regulatory considerations, and challenges, this paper provides insights into fostering a culture of safety. Future research directions and emerging technologies are also explored. In conclusion, the paper underscores the necessity of addressing human factors for enhanced maintenance safety and advocates for collective efforts to protect energy workers.
Maintenance, Safety, Accidents, Energy Workers, Human Factors, Protection, Improvement