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Reliability, Maintainability and Risk, 9th Edition by David J. Smith

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Chapter 21

Major Incident Legislation

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of major incidents since the mid-1960s. It describes the growth of major incident legislation and deals with UK and European aspects. There is a specific section dealing with offshore. Corporate Manslaughter is also addressed.

Keywords

CIMAH
COMAH
manslaughter
homicide
safety case
major incident

21.1. History of Major Incidents

Since the 1960s developments in the process industries have resulted in large quantities of noxious and flammable substances being stored and transmitted in locations that could, in the event of failure, affect the public. Society has become increasingly aware of these hazards as a result of major incidents that involved both process plant and ...

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