human factors

noun, plural in form but singular in construction

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Recent Examples on the Web The Dutch Safety Board had also commissioned Dr. Dekker’s analysis of the accident, which applied an engineering discipline known as human factors. Chris Hamby, New York Times, "How Boeing’s Responsibility in a Deadly Crash ‘Got Buried’," 20 Jan. 2020 The committee chairman, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi., said regulators and legislators shouldn't lose sight of the promise self-driving cars could hold in reducing crashes, which are largely attributable to human factors. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Senators demand answers on the safety of self-driving cars," 20 Nov. 2019 As for USD’s somnolent start, the Toreros (4-2, 3-0 Pioneer Football League) suffered from the human factor. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Toreros easily finish off Valparaiso, 42-17, after slow start," 19 Oct. 2019 Yeshanew is the latest insider urging investigators to take a closer look at human factors in the Max saga and not just focus on Boeing’s anti-stall system, which has been widely blamed for two crashes. Washington Post, "Engineer: Ethiopian Airlines went into records after crash," 7 Oct. 2019 In addition, the company is already pouring money into researching the design of future flight decks to account for human factors. Los Angeles Times, "Boeing fine-tunes software, creates safety group as it readies 737 Max for return," 30 Sep. 2019 Rust said tests would determine whether the whales suffered internal injuries, a viral infection or fell ill because of human factors like consuming plastic in the ocean. CBS News, "1 whale found dead, 3 others euthanized on South Carolina beach," 30 Sep. 2019 In addition, the company is already pouring money into researching the design of future flight decks to account for human factors. Julie Johnsson, Fortune, "Boeing’s Grounded 737 Max Will Soon Return to Service, CEO Says," 30 Sep. 2019 Indonesian police said that the majority of forest fires were caused by human factors. Eric Cheung, CNN, "Wildfires and smog turn parts of Indonesia into a Mars-like hellscape," 24 Sep. 2019

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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