A good accident investigation is no accident (Part II)

By Bill Dawson
November 15, 2018
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A good accident investigation is no accident (Part I)

By Bill Dawson
November 8, 2018

Bill Dawson, Senior Inspector (Ports & Harbours) for the Defence Safety Authority (DSA), writes about his time at Cranfield University after studying our Fundamentals of Accident Investigation and Applied Marine Accident Investigation short courses.

Find out how he got on, and the areas of the courses he found most interesting and relevant, below.

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World-leading approach to patient safety: Working with the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch to set the standard for national safety investigations

By Pete McCarthy
October 31, 2018

Cranfield University, Safety and Accident Investigation Centre (CSAIC) has been working closely with national and international state level safety investigation organisations for more than four decades. CSAIC delivered their first course aimed specifically at training Air Accident Investigators in 1977, attracting an international cohort of students that paved the way for the hugely successful accident investigation course.

The following decades (after some very high profile, high impact...

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Training transport safety investigators: touching on the now and the future

By Leigh Dunn
August 28, 2018

"If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again."*

*Having first conducted a comprehensive safety investigation, which is not carried out to apportion blame or liability but to make evidence-based safety recommendations with the intention of reducing the likelihood of reoccurrence, and in improving overall safety.

The iconic phrase "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again" is attributed to Thomas Palmer from his 1840 book, titled The Teacher’s Manual. The phrase highlights the...

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Aircraft damage assessment limitations and application of 3D scanning techniques

By Phil Mumford
August 14, 2018

The problem

According to a study conducted by Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) in 2007, it was estimated that 27,000 ramp accidents and incidents occurred worldwide every year, resulting in an estimated cost of $5 billion to the airline industry. Initial analyses of the data collected at the time indicated that contact between airplanes and ground-service equipment—baggage loaders, air bridges, catering vehicles, fuel trucks, etc.accounted for more than 80 per cent of these ramp...

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How can we use data to analyse aircraft landings?

By Joni Pelham
July 31, 2018

In the study of aircraft safety the behaviour of the aircraft in landing is crucial. If we can gain a better understanding of what happened and why during both normal and abnormal landings, we can identify opportunities for improvement as well as threats to be addressed.

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5 aircraft accidents that transformed aviation in the 21st century

By Antonia Molloy
July 17, 2018

For many people today, air travel is a normal part of everyday life; a hassle at times, perhaps, uncomfortable, maybe, but something we do without much thought. And that’s because the chances of dying or being severely injured in an aircraft accident are remote.

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The six Rs of why organisations fail to learn from a crisis

By Colin Pilbeam
July 3, 2018

Organisations regularly experience crises, or incidents or "never events". For example, signals passed at danger (SPAD) regularly occur on the railways and swap errors, where the wrong aircraft is repaired by maintenance staff, commonly occur. Although these incidents may provoke an investigation, either internally or by an external agency, that results in a set of recommendations, it is common for the event, or something very similar, to re-occur sometime later.

Why? Is there an...

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