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Not my fault! What happens after an incident?

Let's play the blame game!

Hot tip: YOU ARE NEVER LOOKING TO PLACE BLAME DURING AN INCIDENT INVESTIGATION!

There's been an incident. An excellent field level hazard assessment controlled the risk, but also included additional PPE in the event the control failed...so make sure you treat your FLHA like a critical piece of PPE. Anyway, who do we blame? Quick answer is NOBODY. We're looking for a root cause, we're not looking to place blame. Why? Well, if we looked to blame someone for an incident, you'd likely find everyone involved to be far less cooperative, or overly cooperative in looking to throw someone else under the bus. In Canada we even have a law that says you can't testify against yourself...but thankfully we're talking about an incident investigation and not a trial, so you don't have to worry about that law. 

But I really, really want to blame someone...

Gord Winkel, teaching professor at the University of Alberta specializing in safety, and former Syncrude VP, gave...

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