Energy Voice | Vital to discuss errors without fear of reprisal, fighter pilot says

A top US Navy elite fighter pilot is to reveal how his human error management tools have impacted on safety performances at top 100 companies and what the oil and gas industry can learn from them.

Jack Becker, a globally renowned safety expert, will be delivering a keynote speech at this year’s Opito Global – The Safety & Competence Conference.

In line with this year’s theme Skilled for Safety, he will also discuss his experience of being a pilot in charge of flying $85million F/A 18 Super Hornets.

As a combat decorated fighter pilot, and still part of the US Navy’s reserves, Becker spent 13 years in active duty.

He held a dual role of instructor pilot and was a landing signal officer position (LSO) where he supported more than 21,000 safe aircraft carrier landings during his military career.

He was also instrumental in incorporating a crew resource management (CRM) system into the navy’s processes to help pilots to land safely.

Mr Becker said: “When working in extreme environments it is absolutely vital people can speak about any errors without fear of reprisal.

“By creating an open culture, companies can ensure the whole team has the opportunity to learn, reducing the risk of repeating the same mistake and its consequences.

“I’m looking forward to sharing my methods and its successes at Opito Global so that those attending can hear how my human error management tools can be used in practise to help reduce potential incidents occurring.”

Opito CEO, John McDonald, added: “It is a privilege to have Jack Becker joining us in Kuala Lumpur this year. He has helped improve the safety performance at some of the world’s most well-respected businesses across many sectors.

“I’m looking forward to hearing him draw on these experiences as well as his career in the US Navy to bring fresh insights to the issues human error poses to the workforce, especially in safety critical areas such as the oil and gas industry.”

Mr Becker joins “Miracle on the Hudson” first oficer, Jeff Skiles in the event’s line up.

Mr Skiles, who will be presenting during the morning session, is noted for being the co-pilot who helped safely land a stricken passenger flight on New York’s Hudson River in 2009 with 155 people on board.

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