Accident Investigation in Oil Transportation

Course Overview

The course gives a review about the critical, recognized and commonly used strategies of accident investigation. It is custom fitted for the prerequisites of Health and Safety in the Oil Transportation Sector.

The goal of accident investigation from the perspective of a safety specialist is to recognize and explain all the course of events (what, when, where), distinguish the direct and root causes or contributing elements of the accidents, and to point out the risk avoiding measures with a specific end goal to counteract future accidents.

Major accidents involve multiple interrelated causal factors. Therefore, accident investigation should be conducted through procedures or formal methods of accident investigation and a multi-disciplinary investigation team is needed to head the process. This course will equip the participants with a number of methods to effectively deal with accident investigation. They can use these methods on different areas of application and will be able to efficiently conduct comprehensive accident investigation.

A comprehensive accident investigation involves examination of all the critical factors influencing the accident sequence. These factors might be generated from technical systems or the people involved in frontline investigation and it goes up to regulators or government bodies.

Course Objectives

After attending the course participants will be able to:

  • Apply technical and logical analysis regarding event investigation
  • Identify control risks associated with different processes of oil transportation industry
  • Apply the means to avoid incident occurrence that can damage health and safety of personnel and surrounding environment

Course Content

Introduction

  • Introduction to accident investigation
  • Definitions and abbreviations

What constitutes an accident investigation?

  • Conditions leading to accident investigation
  • Framework for accident investigation
  • Basic purpose of accident investigation
  • Responsibility for accident investigation
  • Standards or present criteria of accident investigations

Accident Investigation Process

  • Generating evidence and facts
  • Analysis of the available evidence and facts
  • Reporting and suggestions to proceed

Methods for Accident Investigations

Principle Analytical Techniques

  • Events and causal factors charting (ECFC)
  • Barrier analysis
  • Change analysis
  • Events and causal factors analysis
  • Root cause analysis

Other Accident Investigation Methods

  • Fault tree analysis
  • Event tree analysis
  • Systematic Cause Analysis Technique (SCAT)
  • Sequential Timed Events Plotting (STEP)
  • Man, Technology and Organization (MTO)analysis
  • Accident Analysis and Barrier Function (AEB) method
  • TRIPOD - A principled basis for accident prevention
  • Acci-map

Discussion and Comments

Course Methodology

The training is going to be highly interactive combination of lectures, group discussions, questionnaires, individual reflections, role plays, simulations and videos.

Target Audience

The course is primarily designed for the people involved, or will be involved in oil transportation accident investigation.

Duration

2 Days (08:30 – 14:30) with appropriate breaks for tea/refreshments and lunch.

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