US Navy elite fighter pilot announced as keynote speaker at OPITO Global

Globally renowned safety expert will be revealing how his “human error management tools” have impacted multiple companies.

Elite US Navy pilot Jack Becker is set to talk about his career and reducing risks at the workplace.
Elite US Navy pilot Jack Becker is set to talk about his career and reducing risks at the workplace.

Jack Becker, top US Navy elite fighter pilot and globally renowned safety expert, will be delivering a keynote speech at this year’s OPITO Global – The Safety & Competence Conference on November 7th at the InterContinental in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In line with this year’s theme “Skilled for Safety”, he will also discuss his experience of being a pilot in charge of flying $85mn, F/A 18 Super Hornets. He will be revealing how his “human error management tools” have impacted significantly on safety performances at Top 100 companies and what the oil and gas industry can learn from them.

As a decorated fighter pilot, and still part of the US Navy’s reserves, Becker spent 13 years in active duty as an elite pilot with the dual role of instructor pilot, and as a landing signal officer where he supported over 21,000 safe aircraft carrier landings during his military career.

His company, Flight Level Solutions, utilises his “Brief, Perform, Debrief, Perfect” approach to help reduce risk. Within all seven regions of GE Power and Water alone, his programme reduced occupational safety and health administration recordable mishaps in the US by over 60%.

Becker said: “When working in extreme environments it is absolutely vital people can speak about any errors without fear of reprisal. By creating an open culture, companies can ensure the whole team has the opportunity to learn, reducing the risk of repeating the same mistake and its consequences.

“I’m looking forward to sharing my methods and its successes at OPITO Global so that those attending can hear how my human error management tools can be used in practise to help reduce potential incidents occurring.”

This year’s gold sponsor has been confirmed as Falck Safety Services.

OPITO CEO, John McDonald, added: “It is a privilege to have Jack Becker joining us in Kuala Lumpur this year. He has helped improve the safety performance at some of the world’s most well-respected businesses across many sectors. I’m looking forward to hearing him draw on these experiences as well as his career in the US Navy to bring fresh insights to the issues human error poses to the workforce, especially in safety critical areas such as the oil and gas industry.”

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