No matter how effective process safety systems may be incidents (not accidents) will happen. Analysis of these incidents can lead to important insights and lessons learned. Other process safety techniques, such as hazards analysis, are basically speculative and based on hard-to-estimate probabilities. Actual events provide real-life lessons.


Articles, safety moments and other publications to do with Incident Investigation and Analysis are listed below.

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Safety Moment #34: The Purloined Letter

One of the world’s first detective stories, Edgar Allen Poe’s The Purloined Letter, was written in the year 1844. It is set in the City of Paris. In the story the bad guy — Minister D — has in his possession a letter containing compromising information about an unnamed lady. He is using this information to blackmail her. There is only one copy of the letter (reminder: there were no copying machines and scanners in those days).