Learning from Accidents

Learning from Accidents

by Trevor A. Kletz
     
 

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Accident investigation is like peeling an onion. Beneath one layer, of causes and recommendations, there are other, less superficial layers.The outer layers deal with the immediate technical causes while the inner layers are concerned with avoiding the hazards and with weaknesses in the management system. Often only the outer layers are considered and thus we fail

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Accident investigation is like peeling an onion. Beneath one layer, of causes and recommendations, there are other, less superficial layers.The outer layers deal with the immediate technical causes while the inner layers are concerned with avoiding the hazards and with weaknesses in the management system. Often only the outer layers are considered and thus we fail to use all the information for which we have paid the high price of an accident.

This book aims to show, by analysing accidents that have occured, how we can learn more from them and thus be better able to prevent them occuring again. Looking at a wide range of accidents from the trivial to major disasters and covering the process industries, nuclear industry and transportation, the author analyses each accident in a practical and non-theoretical fashion and summarises each with a chain of events showing the prevention and mitigation which could have occured at every stage. At all times the book emphasises cause and prevention rather than human interest or cleaning up the mess. The chapter on Piper Alpha has been especially written for the book by Brian Appleton, one of the technical assessors of the official enquiry. Anyone involved in accident investigation and reporting of whatever sort and all those who work in industry, whether in design, operations or loss prevention will find this book full of invaluable guidance and advice.

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Life after oops. Explains how discerning the immediate technical causes of an industrial accident should be followed by a deeper investigation of the underlying hazards and weaknesses in management that allowed it to happen. After some general chapters, focuses on case studies that include Bhopal, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Aberfan, the Kings Cross underground fire, and some aviation accidents. For post-incident investigators and pre- incident design engineers. First published in 1988 as Learning from Accidents in Industry. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750619523
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/1994
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Trevor Kletz, OBE, D.Sc., F.Eng., a process safety consultant, has published more than a hundred papers and nine books on loss prevention and process safety, including most recently Lessons From Disaster: How Organizations Have No Memory and Accidents Recur and Computer Control and Human Error. His experience includes thirty-eight years with Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd., where he served as a production manager and safety adviser in the petrochemical division, and membership in the department of chemical engineering at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, England. He is currently senior visiting research fellow at Loughborough University and an officer of the Order of the British Empire.

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