A new complication for Europe’s ‘just culture’ safety plans

Just Culture"The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 is shining fresh light on the European Union’s embrace of just culture, a legal and management principle that encourages aviation workers to admit mistakes and report safety concerns," writes Aerospace America in the aftermath of Germanwings 4u9524. "In exchange, they receive confidentiality and protection from civil or criminal prosecution and firing, except in cases of criminal or grossly negligent acts. Proponents want to prevent accidents by feeding these reports into a database of technical issues for access by aircraft engineers and aviation authorities, but not the general public or lawyers."

Paul Reuter, ECA Technical Board Director, spoke to Aerospace America about 'just culture' in Europe and the upcoming Occurrence Reporting Regulation that will introduce further just culture principles. 

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