The focus of the book is on accident prevention rather than accident analysis and unlike other books, has a proactive rather than reactive approach. The emphasis on design rather than analysis is a trend also found in other fields. It is designed to provide a stimulating and practical guide for industry professionals familiar with the general ideas of accidents and human error. The book critically assesses three types of accident models (sequential, epidemiological, systemic) and compares their strengths and weaknesses. It is directed at those involved with accident analysis and system safety. It is applicable to all major application areas such as aviation, ground transportation, maritime, process industries, healthcare and hospitals, communication systems, and service providers.
Contents: Ch. 1. Accidents and causes -- Ch. 2. Thinking about accidents -- Ch. 3. Barrier functions and barrier systems -- Ch. 4. Understanding the role of barriers in accidents -- Ch. 5. A systemic accident model -- Ch. 6. Accident prevention.