A tool for safety officers when analysing the basic causes of simple accidents

Kirsten Jørgensen (Invited author)

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    Most accidents that happen in enterprises are simple and seldom have serious invalidating consequences. Very often these kinds of accident are not investigated and if they are, then the investigation is very brief, with comments such as that it was the victim’s own fault or just an unlucky situation no one could do anything about. In 1999 a new practical tool for use by safety officers was developed and used by training systems. The tool involves three steps: one for observing facts, one for analysing the event, and one for preventive solutions. The tool has been used by various companies for some years with interesting results. Both the difficulties and the benefits will be presented, together with examples of the use of the tool. The main purpose of the tool is to demonstrate how management and workers can get a much better understanding of why accidents happen, even those accidents that seem to be unavoidable, and that simple accidents never are simple, but always have root causes on which preventive action can be focused.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2008
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event26th NetWork Workshop: Event analysis and Learning from events - Germany
    Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …


    Workshop26th NetWork Workshop
    Period01/01/2008 → …


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