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21 Jul 2020

Hindsight bias in health and safety

Hindsight bias describes the way in which knowledge of the outcome colours the perceived likelihood of reported events.

When we know that an injury has occurred, we are much more likely to believe that, had we been asked to predict the future, we would have said we expected it to happen.

In this interview with Pietra Asprou for Lexis Nexis, David Travers QC considers the impact of hindsight bias in health and safety cases, and what can be done to avoid it.

The full article can be viewed here

The article first appeared in Lexis PSL Corporate Crime on 23rd June 2020.