human error


: a person's mistake rather than on the failure of a machine
The accident was blamed on human error.

Examples of human error in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, what can organizations do to improve user judgment and lessen human error among employees? Stu Sjouwerman, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 A number of factors could be the cause for this, according to Mazza-Lappi, including cross-contamination in the lab, improper handling of the water samples or human error. Charlie Drape, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2024 Insulting election workers Hand counts are notoriously prone to human error and can delay overall election results by hours, even days. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 6 Jan. 2024 Last year Kumar and his colleagues used machine vision to develop a frailty index for mice, an assessment that is notoriously sensitive to human error. Popular Science, 10 Jan. 2024 This leaves ample room for missteps, which results in secrets being leaked by human error, such as if an employee unintentionally shares a secret through a different channel or portal, a ticket or a Slack message. Alon Jackson, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Over the summer, a human error caused Voyager 2’s antenna to tilt two degrees away from Earth, leading researchers to lose contact with the craft for more than a week before its functions returned to normal. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Dec. 2023 Before the implementation of AI, the footage was monitored manually by people at the command centers, who are naturally vulnerable to fatigue and human error. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 Collectors like Robey knew that any multistep printing process was prone to human error. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Nov. 2023 See More

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“Human error.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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