Incident Investigation


Techniques used to investigate incidents include a wide range of means of describing causal sequences, and can be heavily influenced by checklists, categorisations or taxonomies.

Although there is a large number of techniques and approaches to investigating incidents, particularly where different domains are concerned, many of the principles of the the initial investigation are aimed at maintaining the purity and independence of the information left by an accident or given by witnesses.

The initial moments of an investigation can be chaotic, as personnel are brought in hoping to find the evidence undisturbed. There is no time for a team to undergo extensive training once something has gone wrong, so the time to prepare is now.

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You cannot guarantee a definitive answer, as can be seen from the Moorgate train crash.