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Incident Investigation and Accident Prevention in the Process and Allied Industries

1st Edition

By Nigel Hyatt

CRC Press

600 pages

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To prevent future accidents, a complete examination of the causes and contributory factors of an accident is necessary. Stressing the need to correct these issues, Incident Investigation and Accident Prevention in the Process and Allied Industries strikes a balance between the theoretical and applied aspects of accident investigation while also addressing accident prevention.

Based on the authors forty years of experience, this detailed work covers an extensive range of topics often encountered during an incident investigation. Since the scope and needs of investigations can widely vary, the author begins with an introduction that provides guidance on how to use the book. He supplies a "roadmap" of incident investigation, making the material accessible to novices yet also valuable to more seasoned investigators.

Topics include:

  • Responding to occurrence of incidents and emergency response

  • Securing the site and handling eyewitness testimonies

  • Notification of appropriate authorities, compliance requirements, and legal and insurance issues

  • Internal/external incident investigation options and investigation team requirements

  • Disassembly, gathering, screening, tagging, storing of evidence, and post-incident testing

  • Establishing preliminary causal mechanisms and root cause determinations

  • Multiple cause determination, incident modeling, and human error evaluation and reporting

  • Remedial and preventative measures, lessons learned, and reconstruction and retraining

  • Accident prevention through predictive methodologies, including pro-active measures

  • Pre- and post-incident management

  • Corporate structuring, attitudinal problems, and planning an accident prevention program
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction and Guide

    Purpose of Incident Investigation

    Onsite Investigation: Initial and Other Issues

    Evidence Gathering: Eyewitness Testimonies and Interviews

    Specific Questions for Evidence Gathering

    Legal and Insurance Issues

    Onsite and Offsite Investigation Teams

    Development of Hypothesis for Incidents

    Time Aspects: Event Sequences

    Determining Preliminary Causal Mechanisms

    Evidence: Physical and Forensic

    Post-Incident Testing: Assigning and Conducting Laboratory Tests

    Knowledge, Experience of Plant Personnel, and After Effects

    Potential for Human Error

    Multiple Cause Determination

    Incident Modeling - Quantifying Health and Plant Impacts

    Common Cause Failures, and Some Common Failures

    Getting the Analysis Right

    Report Documentation and Communication

    Incident Prevention and Remediation Measures Following an Incident

    Lessons Learned, Regrouping, Repairing, and Reconstruction, Re-Training

    Accident Prevention: The Role of Predictive Methodologies

    Accident Prevention: Pro-Active Measures

    Accident Prevention: Pre- and Post Incident Management

    Accident Prevention: Corporate Structuring and Attitudinal Problems

    Accident Prevention: Planning for Accident Prevention

    Appendix A: Aspects of Typical Incident Report Documentation

    Appendix B: Emergency Response Analysis

    Appendix C: Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) and Other Tests

    Appendix D. Plant Safety Program

    Appendix E: Process Hazards Analysis Methods

    Appendix F: Management of Change (MOC)

    Appendix G: Photographic Issues

    Appendix H: Human Error Assessment and Reduction Technique (HEART)

    Appendix I: Explosion Energy]

    Appendix J: Safety Integrity Level (SIL) and Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA)

    Appendix K: List of Methodologies Commonly Used in Incident Investigation

    Acronyms and Terms

    Recommended Reading and Reference Material

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety