This new edition comes after about 15 years of development in the field of safety science and practice. The book addresses the question of how to improve risk assessments, investigations, and organizational learning inside companies in order to prevent unwanted occurrences. The book helps the reader in analyzing the subject from different scientific perspectives to demonstrate how they contribute to an overall understanding. It also gives a comprehensive overview of different methods and tools for use in safety practice and helps the reader in analyzing their scope, merits, and shortcomings. The book raises a number of critical issues to be addressed in the improvement process.

section I|22 pages


chapter 1|6 pages

Introducing some basic concepts

chapter 2|10 pages

Framework conditions

chapter 3|4 pages

Case study

section II|152 pages

Theoretical foundation

chapter 4|26 pages

Accident theory and models

chapter 5|36 pages

Framework for accident analysis

chapter 6|4 pages

The occurrence of accidents over time

chapter 9|30 pages

Barriers against loss

chapter 10|16 pages

The human element in accident control

section III|104 pages

Learning from incidents and deviations

chapter 11|4 pages

Sources of data on accident risks

chapter 13|60 pages

Incident reporting and investigation

chapter 14|18 pages

Accumulated incident experience

section IV|58 pages

Monitoring of safety performance

section V|56 pages

Risk assessment

chapter 20|14 pages

The risk assessment process

chapter 21|10 pages

Coarse analysis

chapter 22|8 pages

Job safety analysis

chapter 23|12 pages

Risk assessments of machinery

chapter 24|10 pages

Comparison risk assessment

section VI|82 pages

Putting the pieces together

chapter 25|36 pages

The oil and gas industry

chapter 26|18 pages

The hydropower industry

chapter 27|22 pages

Work-related road transportation

chapter 28|4 pages