Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 503–514

Can Accidents and Industrial Mishaps Be Predicted? Further Investigation into the Relationship Between Cognitive Failure and Reports of Accidents


DOI: 10.1023/A:1023452218225

Cite this article as:
Wallace, J.C. & Vodanovich, S.J. Journal of Business and Psychology (2003) 17: 503. doi:10.1023/A:1023452218225


The ability of the Cognitive Failures Questionnaire (CFQ) to predict accidents and job performance ratings was investigated. A participant pool of 240 electrical workers anonymously completed the CFQ and an information sheet. Results indicated that CFQ scores and the Blunder factor could predict automobile accidents and work accidents, while the Blunders and Distractibility subscales could predict overall performance ratings. Additionally, to increase the generalizability of the study both self-reports and objective reports of safety behavior were collected. Results demonstrated that both types of reports overlapped substantially. Implications and limitations of the present study are discussed, as well as future research.

cognitive failure accidents safety performance 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta
  2. 2.University of West FloridaUSA

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