Human error in hunting - "why do so many experienced hunters shoot their mates?"
The web address "theroar.org.nz" has deliberately forwarded you to this page which gives you an update on how the Hunter Safety research is going. Theroar.org.nz address may be used for other purposes in the future so it is recommended you bookmark or favourite this page if you would like to have access to up to date information on hunter safety research.
hfex® produced a white paper titled "Mistaken-for-Game Hunting Accidents – A Human Factors Review" that is downloadable courtesy of our customer, Hunter Safety Lab. Due to the personal/widespread interest and significance for safety across all industries including hunting, our Managing Director personally committed to conducting a PhD in this area with the priority of making a difference above and beyond any additional academic qualifications obtained from this endeavour. We anticipate this commitment will take approximately 3 years to complete. The work will not affect the day to day delivery by hfex® of great human factors solutions across the world.
The research will focus on Failure-to-identify (FTI) incidents in deer hunting and will be an independent piece of work from the original report hfex® completed.
FTI incidents relate to Rule 4 of the 2013 Arms Code, which states that the hunter must positively identify their target beyond all doubt. In some cases, due to incorrectly identifying the target, this has led to fatal shootings of another human being. The aftermath is devastating for all involved - the families, protagonists and emergency services. The practical application of this research will lead to potential improvements to widespread hunter safety related activities, self-awareness, potential reduction in incident rates and a better understanding of why people behave the way they do in many industries other than hunting.
hfex® is also using this opportunity to increase their capability and gain field based experience associated with neuroergonomics. Neuroergonomics is the application of neuroscience to human factors and ergonomics (HFE) by addressing the biological substrates with an emphasis on the role of the human nervous system and its influence on cognition and behaviour. This methodlogy has proved its worth into fatigue risk management, UX design, decision making and many more aspects of work performance/safety.
The research is following the current high level timeline:
Some initial publicity about the research can be accessed below.
|Associate Professor Paul Corballis||University of Auckland, PhD Supervisor|
|Associate Professor Tony Lambert||University of Auckland, PhD Co-supervisor|
|Professor Erik Hollnagel||Co-author and Subject Matter Expert|
|Dr. Kyle Wilson||University of Huddersfield, Co-author on White Paper|
The table below presents the current members of the working group of research supporters.
|Bill O'Leary||New Zealand Deerstalkers, President|
|Nicole McKee||Firearms Safety Specialists and COLFO|
|Joe Green||Hunting Safety Research and Police (retired)|
|Roly Williams||New Zealand Police|
|Adam Smith||Mountain Safety Council|
|Brent Beaven||Office of Hon Maggie Barry, Minister of Conservation|
|Hon Peter Dunne||Associate Minister of Conservation|
|Carol Watson||Game Animal Council|
|Geoff Kerr||Game Animal Council|
|Mike Spray||Makapua Station and Firearms Safety Specialists|
|Colin Baynes||Makapua Station|
|Don Rood||Fish and Game|
|Matthew Gibson||Gibson Hunts|
|Michael Scott||Hunter Safety Lab|
|Brad Johnson||Hunter Safety Lab|
|Steve Collings||Steve's Wholesale|
|Brent McConnell||Stoney Creek|
|Trent Smith||Hunting and Fishing|
|Josh James||Kiwi Bushman|
|Alex Gale||Safer Shooting|
|Harald Bettin||Shooting Cinema|
|Kerry Adams||The Bloke|
|Richard Ross||Balnagown Hunting|
The table below will present details of the research findings as they become publically available.
|07 March, 2017||Plain english version of research #02 will appear here soon|
|05 February, 2017||Plain english version of research #01 will appear here soon|
|17 November, 2016||The confidential reporting is now closed and the data is being analysed. Many thanks to all those who submitted. Early indications suggest visual cues, expectations, sound and visibility difficulties are most prevalent in the reports. No surprise there! More exciting stuff to follow.|
The table below will present progress of academic reporting.
|Research #02 - Near miss reporting||31 May 2017 - Advised supervisor to not review, plan to combine with field and large trial academic reports
27 Mar 2017 - Submitted revised draft to supervisor
03 Mar 2017 - Submitted initial draft to working group for review
|Research #01 - Baseline modelling||
30 May 2017 - Resubmitted
The table below presents a journal of key dates and progress of the research.
|Progress (including completed events)|
|30 September, 2017||Large scale trial - Sika Show|
|21 June, 2017||Working group meeting - planning workshop|
|03 June, 2017||Field trials (pt. 2)|
|01-04 May, 2017||Field trials (pt. 1)|
|17 March, 2017||Working group deadline for journal article review|
|03 March, 2017||Second journal article up for working group review|
|16 February, 2017||Submitted first journal article|
|05 February, 2017||Plain English version of first journal article sent out|
|06 November, 2016||Closing date for confidential survey extended - noon (NZ Time)|
|17 October, 2016||Working group meeting to discuss initial findings and validate baseline|
|12 August, 2016||Second baselining workshop|
|09 August, 2016||Josh James announcing the confidential reporting|
|16 July, 2016||NZDA AGM & First data gathering method planned launch|
|06 July, 2016||Baselining workshop|
|10 June, 2016||Research protocol developed|
|28 April, 2016||Working group meeting - research methods|
|30 March, 2016||University ethics application submitted|
|16 March, 2016||Request to accessing police records|
|01 March, 2016||Official start date of PhD|
|27 January, 2016||Enrolement at University complete|
|05 February, 2016||Acceptance of application for PhD|
|28 January, 2016||Meet NZDS committee and licensing|
|16 December, 2015||Research kick off|
|14 October, 2015||3 News interview|
|12 October, 2015||Radio NZ National interview|
|21 September, 2015||Delivery of final version of the white paper|
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