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Books By Sidney Dekker

Foundations of Safety Science: A century of understanding accidents and disasters (2019)

*The Latest* Foundations of Safety Science

This first textbook of the field takes you systematically through the ideas that have formed our understanding and safety practices today. You’ll learn why they were developed and how they interconnect. You’ll never look at your own organization’s safety the same way again, and will be much better informed in shaping it.
“…a watershed in the development and recognition of safety as a science and profession” Australian Health & Safety Institute.

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Todd Hubbard,

Dear Sidney,

Before I could even finish the Preface of your new book, one word kept turning over and over in my mind. That word was delicious. I haven't had a similar reaction to other books I've read, although I've found the writings of C. S. Lewis to be particularly inviting. Your word usage makes each sentence a meaty delight. 

Here is further encouragement. Your mind is unique. In many ways you have been blessed with perspectives that are beyond our time and space. You are an oversized billboard with the warning, 'You've Settled for the Easy Solution.' Not many have the grasp of philosophy and beyond-space-time critical thinking that you do. Despite their education, they have settled for the easy road, the easy methodology, the easy answer to difficult questions. Please, please stay on the course that seems to be leading you. 

I wish you well, Sidney. I am enriched by knowing you.

Dr. Todd Hubbard, Oklahoma State University


Just Culture (3rd Edition)

A just culture is a culture of trust, learning and accountability. It is particularly important when an incident has occurred; when something has gone wrong.

the field guide to understanding human error

The Field Guide to Understanding ‘Human Error’

When faced with a ’human error’ problem, you may be tempted to ask 'Why didn’t these people watch out better?' Or, 'How can I get my people more engaged in safety?' You

The Safety Anarchist: Relying on human expertise and innovation; reducing bureaucracy and compliance (2018)

The Safety Anarchist

Work has never been as safe as it seems today. Safety has also never been as bureaucratized as it is today. Over the past two decades, the number of safety rules and...

Drift into Failure: From Hunting Broken Components to Understanding Complex Systems (2011)

Drift into Failure

What does the collapse of sub-prime lending have in common with a broken jackscrew in an airliner’s tailplane? Or the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico with the burn-up of Space Shuttle Columbia?

The End of Heaven: Disaster and Suffering in a Scientific Age (2017)

The End Of Heaven

In this unique book, Sidney Dekker tackles a largely unexplored dilemma. Our scientific age has equipped us ever better to explain why things go wrong.

safety differently

Safety Differently

The second edition of a bestseller, Safety Differently: Human Factors for a New Era is a complete update of Ten Questions About Human Error: A New View of Human Factors and System Safety.

Foundations of Safety Science: A century of understanding accidents and disasters (2019)

Foundations of Safety Science

How are today’s ‘hearts and minds’ programs linked to a late-19th century definition of human factors as people’s moral and mental deficits?

Second Victim: Error, Guilt, Trauma and Resilience (2013)

Second Victim

How do people cope with having "caused" a terrible accident? How do they cope when they survive and have to live with the consequences ever after? We tend to blame and forget professionals who cause incidents and accidents, but they are victims too.

Patient Safety: A Human Factors Approach (2011)

Patient Safety

Increased concern for patient safety has put the issue at the top of the agenda of practitioners, hospitals, and even governments. The risks to patients are many and diverse, and the complexity of the healthcare system that delivers them is huge.

Behind Human Error (2010)

Behind Human Error

Human error is cited over and over as a cause of incidents and accidents. The result is a widespread perception of a 'human error problem', and solutions are thought to lie in changing the people or their role in the system.

10 question about human error

About Human Error

Ten Questions About Human Error asks the type of questions frequently posed in incident and accident investigations, people's own practice...

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