Concerted Action on Casualty Analysis Methodology (Casualty Analysis)

Duration: 01.07.1996-30.06.1999 (36 months)

Coordination: MATSU

Partners: AEA, TRUTH, RINAVE, Companhia de Seguros Bonança, Instituto Superior Técnico e MATSU.

Funding Entity: EU - Programme TRANSPORT

The overall aims of the Concerted Actions for Tasks 21 and 36 are: To facilitate the development of a common methodology for the investigation of maritime accidents and the reporting of hazardous incidents. To improve understanding of human elements as related to accidents and account for these aspects in the common methodology. To achieve these aims the following objectives will need to be met: To gain a through understanding of the existing safety procedures and methodologies currently employed by nation states. As far as is known, Member States are not aware in detail of the methodologies employed by other Member States for the investigation of maritime accidents. The Concerted Action must achieve a high level of appreciation of existing systems, both of accident investigation (including the human element) and of hazardous incident reporting. To gain an appreciation of whether systems employed by other transport modes could be employed in the marine sector. A fundamental objective of this study is to assess confidential hazardous incident reporting schemes (CHIRP) currently in use with the civil aviation authorities of some Member States. This type of approach may have some role, suitably adapted, in improving maritime safety. CHIRP and other systems which may exist need appraisal so that a Europe wide consensus may emerge on the benefits of such a scheme. To implement a common accident reporting methodology agreeable to all EU Member States. Europe currently has a fragmented approach to the collection of statistics, the highlighting of safety issues and steering the need for enforcement. To obtain a degree of consensus throughout Member States on the need for a common methodology is seen as key to the success of this work. To develop a marine version of CHIRP. This is perceived to involve the development of accident and incident databases allowing a consistent evaluation of causal factors, particularly those relating to human errors. To identify remedial tools. A logical progression from improved accident investigation and incident reporting is seen as the identification of measures and processes, which effectively improve safety.

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