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To have an effective Safety Management System, we need to be able to learn from our mistakes. To do so we need to report our mistakes, determine the cause(s) and implement remedial actions.This requires an honest and open culture where admitting mistakes is not considered a weakness, punitive action being a thing of the past and misdemeanors being addressed in a just manner. If we achieve that we are well on the way to being an effective learning organisation with good prospects for a much improved accident record. - David Pietsch, Canberra Gliding Club

The idea of personal responsibility is deeply rooted in Western cultures. The occurrence of a man-made disaster leads inevitably to a search for human culprits. Given the ease with which the contributing human failures can subsequently be identified, such scapegoats are not hard to find. But before we rush to judgment, there are some important points to be kept in mind. First, most of the people involved in serious accidents are neither stupid nor reckless, though they may well have been blind to the consequences of their actions. Second, we must beware of falling prey to the fundamental attribution error (i.e. blaming people and ignoring situational factors). Third, before beholding the mote in his brother’s eye, the retrospective observer should beware of the beam of hindsight in his own. - Professor James Reason (Human Error Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (1990) p.216


All clubs and all GFA members are urged to report all accidents and incidents promptly using the using the GFA’s occurrence reporting Portal as and when they occur. This is always best done whilst all details are fresh in everyone's mind.

Detailed instructions can be found at this link

Accident and Incident reports can be viewed at this link .