Human Factors 
Potomac Chapter

Guest Speakers and Dinner - "Mistakes, Rule Breaks and Out-takes... Human Performance and Accidents"

  • 06 Jun 2012
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Fireworks Pizza, 2350 Clarendon Blvd. (Courthouse Metro), Arlington, VA 22201

HFES Potomac Chapter:
Guest Speakers and Dinner

  • Wednesday, June 6, 2012 • 5pm-8pm
  • Hosted by HFES Potomac Chapter
  • Fireworks Pizza (NOTE VENUE CHANGE)
  • 2350 Clarendon Blvd (Courthouse Metro)
  • Arlington, VA 22201

Please join us for dinner and a talk by Jason Demagalski and Lauren Thomas titled "Mistakes, Rule Breaks and Out-takes... Human Performance and Accidents". More information about the presentation is below.

Dinner will be served at this event and is partially subsidized by the chapter. The cost per attendee is $10. Go to

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The dinner is buffet style with the following options:
Mixed Green Salad
Caesar Salad
Cheese & Herb [Mozzarella, Grana Padano, Herbs, Organic Tomato Sauce]
Quattro Carne [“Natural” Pepperoni, Salami, Meatballs, Baker’s Italian Sausage, Organic Tomato Sauce, Cheese]
Siciliana [Red Sauce, Eggplant, Grilled Artichokes, Spinach, Olives, Grana Padano, Roast Garlic, Olive Oil]
Smokey Blue [Gorgonzola, Wood Roasted Onions, Baker’s Smoked Bacon, Organic Tomato Sauce, Rosemary, Balsamic Glaze]
Margherita [Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, Olive Oil, Sea Salt]
Black Sheep [Virginia Lamb Sausage, Roma Tomatoes, Spinach, Feta, Red Onion, Organic Tomato Sauce, Balsamic Glaze]
Smoked Chicken Pasta [Bowties, Bacon, Peas, Roasted Onions, Spinach, Parmesan Cream]
Eggplant Parmesan [Spinach, Marinara and Mahon, Parsley Angel Hair Pasta]
Linguine & Goat Cheesed Stuffed Lamb Meatballs [Marinara Sauce, Basil]
Chocolate Cheesecake
Seasonal bread pudding
Non-alcoholic drinks

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Mistakes, Rule Breaks and Out-takes... Human Performance and Accidents

Every day we hear about incidents and accidents, and frequently "human error" is mentioned as a cause. However, "human error" is really just the starting point of an investigation, because getting to the roots of what really happened, and why, is a real challenge. Investigating human error is a reflection of the skills of the investigator and the investigation methods used, as well as the organizational culture and the legal framework. As human factors investigators in over a hundred incidents including air traffic control, manufacturing, energy and rail, and having trained over 500 investigators in human factors, Jason Demagalski and Lauren Thomas will share with you their approach to incident and accident investigation, along with their examples of what really happened.

Jason Demagalski joined the Human Factors Division at the FAA in September 2011. Previously he worked in the United Kingdom for NATS, the UK Air Traffic Control provider as a manager in the Human Factors Group, where he trained accident investigators and conducted or supported Air Traffic Control investigations. Jason has also trained and worked with accident investigators at airlines and energy companies. Jason has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Surrey and an MSc in Applied Psychlogy from Cranfield University.

Lauren Thomas is a principal consultant at Psysafe, a human factors consultancy specializing in safety psychology. She began her career as an occupational psychologist working for the Royal Navy, before joining Cranfield University as a lecturer in aviation psychology. At Cranfield, Lauren trained professional transport accident investigators in human factors, and set up and led short courses in Interview Skills for Incident and Accident Investigation. Lauren led the passenger aspects of the RSSB research into the derailment at Ufton Nervet, which was the first time in the UK that accident-involved railway passengers had been interviewed about their experience of survival and evacuation. After a short period as Deputy Head of Department at the University of Chester, Lauren joined NATS as a chartered occupational psychologist and human factors expert, where she taught investigation skills to specialists from NATS, from international ANSPs, and from other sectors/industries.

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