ARMY ACCIDENT REPORTING. RESULTS OF SOME EXPLORATORY INTERVIEWS.
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIV ALEXANDRIA VA HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH OFFICE
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The interviews with safety directors revealed some of their attitudes and opinions about accident reporting. The main findings are 1 Reporting completeness, quality and intensiveness depend on the seriousness of the accident and on the type of installation at which it is reported. In general, serious accidents are reported more completely than trivial accidents. The reporting systems of installations with a preponderance of civilian personnel produce more record-keeping and more intensive reporting than posts with a preponderance military. 2 The usefulness of reports is adversely affected by motivations of supervisors that are contrary to the interests of accurate reporting. These motivations include the supervisors desire to protect his men from punishment and to protect his safety record from any blemish. 3 Safety directors are under indirect pressures from military commanders to under-enumerate accidents.
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