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    Chicoine, Hughes, THEORETICAL FOUNDATION FOR FIRE INVESTIGATION, published on IRR, Jan 2000. Discusses investigation in context of acquisition and rendition process (to learn and inform.)

    Ladkin, P and Loer, K, WHY-BECAUSE ANALYSIS: FORMAL REASONING ABOUT INCIDENTS, 1999, rev 2002. This is a draft manuscript and is for private viewing only. All rights are reserved by the authors. [Book] Offers logic-based displays of information about accidents.

    Ladkin, Peter, EXPLAINING FAILURE WITH TENSE LOGIC, Technische Fakultät, Universität Bielefeld 1996. (See additional papers at this site)

    Benner L. and Rimson, I. PARADIGM SHIFTS TOWARD EXPLOITING SUCCESSFUL HUMAN FACTORS INTERVENTION STRATEGIES TO PREVENT AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS, Proceedings of FAA Office of System Safety Workshop on Flight Crew Accident and Incident Human Factors, McLean, VA June 21-23, 1995.

    Hendrick, K.M. and Benner, L., INVESTIGATING ACCIDENTS WITH STEP, Marcel Dekker, 1986 New York, NY (490 p)ISBN 0-8247-7510-4 Presents accident as process and develops investigation process from that premise.

    Benner, L. RATING ACCIDENT MODELS AND INVESTIGATION METHODOLOGIES, Journal of Safety Research, 16:3, Fall 1985 Chicago, IL (Reproduced in Kendrick 1986) Compares and ranks accident models and resultant investigation methodologies of 17 organizations.(pdf)

    Benner, L ON CAUSE- A compilation of usages of accident "cause" derived from papers presented at an International Society of Air Safety Investigators seminar, indicating differing perceptsion of "cause" used in connection with investigations.

    Guest Editorial (Guest Editorial on determination of cause), International Society of Air Safety Investigators forum, Volume 24:3 1991 Attacks concept of determining accident cause and resultant adverse consequence in investigations.

    Benner, L., 5 ACCIDENT PERCEPTIONS: THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS, Hazard Prevention 16:11 September/October 1980 Discusses how investigators' perceptions of accident phenomenon affects what they do during investigations.

    Johnson, W. G., MORT SAFETY ASSURANCE SYSTEMS, Marcel Dekker, New York 1980 ISBN 08247-6897-3 Describes energy/barrier based view of accident process, and safety program derived from that concept.

    Benner, L., UNDERSTANDING ACCIDENTS: A CASE FOR NEW PERCEPTIONS AND METHODOLOGIES, Accident Causation, Special Publication SP-461, Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc., Warrendale, PA February, 1980. See also a slide presentation. Introduces and discusses the adverse effects on research resulting from a lack of a consistent theoretical view of the accident phenomenon and unifying framework for investigations.

    Benner, L., CRASH THEORIES AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR ACCIDENT RESEARCH, American Association For Automotive Medicine Quarterly Journal 1:1, January, 1979

    Introduces differing perceptions of accident phenomenon to medical community interested in automotive safety.

    Benner, L., ACCIDENT THEORY AND ACCIDENT INVESTIGATORS, Hazard Prevention 13:4 1977. Presents five perceptions of accident phenomenon and describes their significance for investigators and safety professionals. Summary of ISASI paper below.

    Benner, L. ACCIDENT THEORY AND ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION, Proceedings of the Annual Seminar of the Society of Air Safety Investigators, Ottawa, Canada, 1975. Introduces need to address accident theory to support investigation profession, and suggests musical score analogy as investigation framework.

    Johnson, W. G. SAN 821-2, MORT THE MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT AND RISK TREE prepared for the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission under Contract No. AT(04-3) 821, February 12, 1973. Introduces new energy exchange perception of accident phenomenon, and integrates it into a research based safety program model.

    Haddon, W. J. ON THE ESCAPE OF TIGERS: AN ETIOLOGICAL NOTE, Technology Review, May 1970 (to be posted) Presents 3 phased, energy exchange based view of accident phenomenon.