Results and lessons learned from the ESReDA's Accident Investigation Working Group Introducing article to "Safety Science" special issue on "Industrial Events Investigation"

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Abstract

The European Safety Reliability and Data Association (ESReDA) established in year 2000, a Working Group on Accident Investigation (WGAI) that ended in the year 2008. With the objective of improving the quality of accident investigation and as a consequence the learning from experience process and the safety performance, the working group tasked itself at two levels: the first one, at a societal, institutional and legal level, on the public accident investigation issue: the second one, at a methodological and organisational level, on the conduct of accident investigation. The underlying process that the working group followed was firstly to establish a state of the art of accident investigation practices and secondly to foster exchanges and dissemination of best practices through issuing guidelines, reports and by organising scientific seminars. This article summarises the working group achievements made visible in editing three reports and organising two ESReDA seminars in the area of safety investigation of accidents. The article presents a synthesis of the approach and main results, the lessons learned, some dilemmas and conflicts, several future challenges, recommendations and suggestions for action to the main stakeholders involving European and member state authorities, industrials, research centres and universities, and professionals of the rising accident investigation community. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Authors
  • Nicolas Dechy
  • Yves Dien
  • Espen Funnemark
  • Sverre Roed-Larsen
  • Stoop John
  • Tarja Valvisto
  • Ana Lisa Vetere Arellanoi
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Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Keywords

  • Accident, Incident, Event investigation, Learning from experience, Safety, ESReDA
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1380-1391
JournalSafety Science
Volume50
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes