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Check the Site Guide (above) for an quick site overview. Go to www.ludwigbenner.org for the complete archives of over 100 of my works. L BennerSite updated through . . . . November 2017
The List of References compiled for investigation researchers and practitioners dating back to 1975 now contains a 5-page addition cross-referencing accident investigation issues observed during my research and the works in which they were reported. Go to www.ludwigbenner.org/arch2.htm
A 2012 publication recently came to my attention, created by academics ostensibly to provide a body of knowledge as a basis for professional certification and for accreditation of education programs giving entry to a profession. "Models of Causation: Safety'" is its title. It declares that "understanding accident causation is intrinsic to their successful prevention." The publication is built on causation, which is an attributed rather than an empirically observed attribute of interacting events constituting an accident. The Accident Causation framework is very popular, but not definitive. For example, A Google search of "Accident Causation" disclosed about 308,000 results with many definitions, including one site with 21 pages of accident causation models. Hopefully, the document will be updated to accommodate more advanced theories of the accident phenomenon and investigation before it becomes the the basis for certifications anywhere. See HaSPA (Health and Safety Professionals Alliance).(2012). The Core Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals. Tullamarine, VIC. Safety Institute of Australia. 5/2017
A European ESReDA project group is engaged in the development of improved "foresight analysis" involving examination of all safety -related functions that might improve the efficacy of such analyses, with an upcoming seminary in November 2017. See Call for Papers. 5/2017
As of this darte, the Wikipedia article on accident investigation/accident analysis is based on antiquated concepts and practices, and should be treated circumspectly. (1/2017)
The References List section has been significantly updated with numerous additions from my papers, annotated to indicate the papers' main messages. New works have been added to the on-line section of my archives at my www.ludwigbenner.org wb site. (2/16)
A paper What do STAMP-based Analysts Expect from Safety Investigations?describes variations in accident investigation reports and other input data challenges that STAMP/CST analysts need to recognize in selecting candidate accidents for analyses, and options for addressing these challenges. It can be viewed at Procedia Engineering, Volume 128, p 93-102 (11/2015
A paper arguing that some legal constructs be purged from safety investigations with the title Is It Time To Purge Legal Constructs From Safety Investigations is posted at the www.safetydifferently.com web site, with some comments. (11/15)
An article ISASI: 50 Years of Investigations describing the most noteworthy aviation accident investigations since 1964, and the role of investigations can be read in July-September 2014 ISASI Forum, p10-23 (Aug 2015)
Thought-provoking Alaska newspaper article for investigators and researchers in the Alaska Dispatch News, 2014 NTSB: 'Inadequate safety management' contributed to fatal trooper helicopter crash, November 5, 2014. Last viewed at http://www.adn.com/article/20141105/ntsb-inadequate-safety-management-contributed-fatal-trooper-helicopter-crash (Nov 6 2014)
A new paper proposing a shift from a "prevention centric" to a "user centric" accident investigation paradigm is posted in the presentation section at http://www.ludwigbenner.org. Other proposed changes include replacement of accident causation models with an input/output accident process model, standardization of investigation input data, and standardization of investigation input data integration into an explanatory description of what happened, which could then be analyzed for whatever purposes desired by the analyst. A video and slide presentation are available at that site.(11/2013)
An interesting report by European Commission Joint Research Centre -IE (2011) Comparative Analysis of Nuclear Event Investigation Methods, Tools and Techniques, Interim Technical Report, EUR 24757 EN compares around 20 different accident investigation methodologies and methods. (8/2013)
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