Chapter 12 Accident Investigations

The investigation of accidents and near misses (that is, close calls) provides opportunities to learn how to prevent similar events in the future. Accident investigations, including detailed descriptions and recommendations, are commonly shared within the chemical industry. Many professionals believe that this sharing of information about accidents has been a major contributor to the steady improvement in safety performance.

In recent years important techniques have been developed for improving the effectiveness of investigations. In this chapter we cover the more important techniques, including

• learning from accidents,

• layered investigations,

• the investigation process,

• investigation summary,

• aids ...

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