This week’s Lesson Learned isn’t necessarily coming from an accident, but from something that was caught that could have resulted in fatalities if an accident occurs. Ultimately, the lesson here is proactivity. If you’re proactive in your investigations, you can create corrective actions to prevent accidents from ever occurring.

In Russia, it was found that the seats on busses were not bolted down effectively. Although the transportation companies complied with the regulations for seat anchoring when they were manufactured, the regulations have changed due to old seat anchoring practices being unsafe. Previously, the bolts were not properly securing the seats, therefore if there was a collision, the bolts could easily be pulled from the floor allowing the passengers to be injured or even killed.

The corrective action for this proactive investigation is to inspect all public transportation vehicles and ensure that they comply with current safety regulations. If they don’t, they need to be fixed immediately.