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Hanford Leaders Learn About Human Error Reduction in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Hanford leaders learned how a lesson in history could improve their daily lives at work.

The Exxon Valdez cost taxpayers billions after spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the water.  It was a problem that reportedly could have been better contained if not for human error.  

Hanford leaders heard from an expert in human error reduction and equipment failure prevention.

Don Kidder with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has worked on problem solving projects at power plants throughout the country for many years.

He used the example of the Exxon Valdez to show how intelligent and well trained professionals can make a simple mistake that can have huge consciences.  

He said, " The purpose is to look at one case and how human error had such an affect on that event and what could have been done to prevent it."

The National Management Association Hanford Chapter organized the event.

Organizers said they got a lot of good feedback from the presentation.

Kidder is scheduled to speak with Flour leaders next week.