Chapter 2

New Definitions of Old Issues and Need for Continuous Improvement

N. Paltrinieri1,2,  and F. Khan3     1Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway     2SINTEF Technology and Society, Trondheim, Norway     3Memorial University of Newfoundland, St John's, NL, Canada

Abstract

A number of definitions to describe major accidents and their specific features exist. In particular, several experts have committed to providing specific and effective definition outlining of low-probability, high-impact events, for which classification is particularly challenging owing to their rarity. These events may result from failures in preassessment, knowledge management, or likelihood evaluation, or they may be simply unpredictable. ...

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