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Operator Error


Definition: Operator error, more commonly known as human error, is when the operator of the equipment is responsible for an unintended consequence. It is when the operator makes a bad decision, ignores directions, becomes distracted or does something out of character while operating a machine or system and causes a mishap or accident.

A car accident caused by the driver is caused by operator error.

A more thorough definition for operator error is using it as a concept that explains an accident that occurs when operating a device or system where the error the error that caused it occurred due to the uninfluenced actions of the human operator.

For more detailed information read what is human error.

Also Known As: Human Error

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