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This section contains a examples of books and manuals to illustrate various investigation processes in use, so investigation researchers can see the similarities and differences among them, and apply investigation concepts and principles to their analysis.

The Review section contains reviews of some of the manuals and books; others have yet to be analyzed and reviewed.

Posting here does not constitute endorsement of the contents.

Examples of Accident Investigation Books.

  • FAILURE IN SAFETY-CRITICAL SYSTEMS: A HANDBOOK OF ACCIDENT AND INCIDENT REPORTING, 2003, by Chris Johnson, University of Glasgow Press, Glasgow, Scotland. Provides background philosophy and many chapters on investigation tasks, from detection and reporting to dissemination and monitoring of results. (On line)

  • TAPROOTĘ THE SYSTEM FOR ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS, PROBLEM INVESTIGATION, AND PROACTIVE IMPROVEMENT,2000, by Mark Paradise and Linda Unger, System Improvements, Inc. Knoxville TN ISBN 1-893130-02-09 describes investigation tools.

  • GUIDELINES FOR INVESTIGATING CHEMICAL PROCESS ACCIDENTSS, 1992, by Center for Chemical Process Safety, of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE), New Your, NY USA. Focus is on cause determination and prevention. Prepared by a committee, this investigation guide includes a comparison of available investigation systems, and describes rationale for experientially-based choice presented; presents examples of cases.

  • AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION, 1996, Wood and Sweginnis, Endeavor Books, Casper WY USA. Focus is on techniques used in aircraft accident investigation and how selected aviation-related systems function. Describes and documents current techniques for developing description of accident phenomena very comprehensively. Reflects legal investigation concepts and needs, and the conventional wisdom in this field. ISBN 0-9629524-3-5 E-mail publisher.

  • INVESTIGATING ACCIDENTS WITH STEP, 1986, by Hendrick and Benner, published by Marcel Dekker, New York/Basel. ISBN 0-8247-7510-4. Introduces research-defining multilinear events sequencing-based investigation system and procedures, based on position that accidents are processes. Focus is on understanding, describing and explaining phenomena, and then developing and assessing actions to improve future performance. Contains comparative analyses of accident models and investigation methodologies, references to 20+ investigation manuals, plus investigation tools and models.

  • THE INVESTIGATION OF FIRES, 1981, Roblee and McKechnie, published by Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey USA ISBN 0-11-503169-9. Focuses on determination of fire origin and cause by fire investigators. Example of textbook approaches that present information about phenomenon and its investigation, with strong emphasis on illustrations to support techniques presented.

    Examples of Manuals for conducting investigations