The Name Game: Network with Safety, Quality, Health, Environment, and Investigation Professionals at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit!Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Pictures, Summit
Do you want to connect with other safety, quality, or investigation professionals in your industry, but find it hard to break the ice? Have you ever attended a conference chock-full of interesting individuals, only to return home with just a couple of business cards? Networking can be difficult and, let’s face it, awkward. At the Global TapRooT® Summit, you won’t have to worry about that. We’ll break the ice for you during the Name Game.
The Name Game takes place during the first general session of the Summit. You’ll meet three hand-picked professionals to connect with. As a participation prize, you’ll receive a free TapRooT® polo shirt.
Join your new contacts at the Wednesday night reception for more fun & networking, or plan dinner together Thursday night to share best practices and get to know each other.
Your new colleagues can’t wait to meet you at the Name Game at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit. Don’t miss it!
A big thank you to TapRooT® Instructor Sanjay Gandhi for a great onsite course in South Africa, and for these photos of it.
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TapRooT® Instructor Reb Brickey sent over these photos from our onsite course in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Click here to contact us and ask about onsite courses.
TapRooT® Instructor Dave Janney shared these course photos from our February 9-13 5-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training in Doha, Qatar.
Mark Paradies, President of System Improvements, has his first grandchild – Abigail (Abbey).
What was the first Global TapRooT® Summit that you attended?
Was it was in Gatlinburg, Tennessee where we held five Summits including the first Summit in 1994?
Maybe it was one of the Summits we’ve held in Texas – San Antonio (4), Dallas (2), Galveston (1)?
Where else have we held the Global TapRooT® Summit? Nashville, Orlando, and Las Vegas.
And who was the favorite speaker that you’ve heard at one of the Global TapRooT® Summits?
A rock star?
A TV personality?
And what was the most valuable best practice that you learned? Did it save someone’s life? Get you a promotion? Save your company millions of dollars? Or stop repeated equipment failures?
And how many new, valuable contacts did you make?
And of course there’s the fun that we built into each Summit. The reception, the luncheons, and the charity golf tournament. Where did you have the most fun?
FUTURE: 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit at The Horseshoe Bay Resort near Austin, Texas – April 7-11
But maybe your memories of past Summits isn’t as important as what is coming up in the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit?
First, there are five interesting keynote speakers.
Christine Cashen will lead off with “Why Brainstorm When You Can Brain El Niño?” If you heard Christine talk before you know that she will be interesting and funny. And you will leave with some practical ideas to improve performance.
What can you learn from a rock star? Plenty. And Carl will be performing at out reception on Wednesday night. Don’t miss it.
On Thursday, Mark Paradies will share the lessons he’s learned about achieving world class performance improvement.
Also, we’ll have Ed Foulke, former Assistant Secretary for OSHA talk about the latest trends in regulation of workplace health and safety.
And our closing speaker, Rocky Bleier, will share the gripping tale of courage and success as he went from being an injured soldier in Vietnam to the NFL Hall of Fame. Make sure you stay to hear this inspiring story.
But these keynote speakers are just the start. The most valuable session you will attend might be one of the breakout sessions in one of the nine different Best Practice Tracks. What are the nine tracks?
- Safety Improvement & Serious Injury/Fatality Prevention
- Human Error Reduction & Behavior Chage
- Equipment Reliability Improvement & Troubleshooting
- Improving Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety
- Process Quality & Corrective Action Programs
- Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis
- Certified TapRooT® Instructor Maintenance
- TapRooT® Software
- Special Topics
See the complete schedule for each track at:
And see the complete list of breakout session speakers and topics at:
And don’t forget to sign up for the 10th Annual Charity TapRooT® Scramble Golf Tournament. It’s a great place to have some fun and get to know your fellow Summit attendees.
Have any questions about the 2014 Summit? First, see the Summit web site by CLICKING HERE. Or drop us a note at:
But don’t wait. The Summit is just a little over month away and you can’t afford to miss the valuable lessons, motivation, and fun that Summit attendance guarantees. Register at:
Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Penetration and obstruction of a tunnel between Old Street and Essex Road stations, LondonPosted: February 24th, 2014 in Accidents, Current Events, Investigations, Pictures
The UK Rail Accident Investigation Branch investigated the penetration and obstruction of a tunnel between Old Street and Essex Road stations in London. Here is a summary of the report:
“During the morning of Friday 8 March 2013, a train driver reported that flood water was flowing from the roof of a railway tunnel north of Old Street station near central London. The driver of an out-of-service passenger train was asked to examine the tunnel at low speed and check for damage. The driver stopped short of the water flow and reported that two large drills (augers) had come through the tunnel wall and were fouling the line ahead of his train.
The augers were being used for boring piles from a construction site about 13 metres above the top of the tunnel. The operators of the piling rig involved were unaware that they were working above an operational railway tunnel. Its position was not shownon the site plan, or on any map available to either the developer or the local planning authority. As a consequence, Network Rail was not consulted during the planning application stage and was unaware of the construction activity.
The RAIB has determined that approximately half of the piles required for the new development would have intersected with the tunnel had they had been constructed. It has identified two learning points from this incident which are relevant to the construction industry: clients and design teams should be aware of the importance of information shown on land ownership records; and those carrying out investigations for proposed developments should be aware that not all railway tunnels are shown on Ordnance Survey mapping.
The RAIB has also made five recommendations: three are addressed to railway infrastructure managers, and relate to: the provision of information to organisations undertaking property-related searches; the provision of information on the location of railway tunnels and associated subterranean structures; and the identificationof development work by third parties. One recommendation is made to the British Standards Institution relating to the enhancement of a British Standard, and one recommendation is addressed to the Department for Communities and Local Government relating to a recommendation made by the RAIB in 2007 which has not been implemented.”
To see the complete report, visit:
Hernando Godoy, South America TapRooT® Instructor, shared these photos from our recent onsite course in Lima, Peru. Enjoy!
Course organizer Diana Munevar sent this photo from our recent onsite TapRooT® course in Peru, including herself and instructors Piedad Colmenares and Hernando Godoy. What a fantastic class! If you’re interested in holding a course at your South America site, e-mail T&PS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TapRooT® Instructor Dave Janney sent over these photos from our 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis course, held in Dubai, UAE February 5-6. If you weren’t able to attend, never fear! We’re holding another in Dubai on May 14-15. Click here to learn more and register today.
We’re currently holding an onsite TapRooT® course with Piedad Colmenares and Hernando Godoy as the instructors. Thanks to Diana Munevar for this great photo of the class.
If you’re interested in a Spanish onsite TapRooT® course, contact Diana Munevar at 57 3203429267.
Press Release from the UK Rail Accident Investigation Branch: Serious near-miss involving a welding gang at Bridgeway user worked crossing, near Shrewsbury, 16 January 2014Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Accidents, Current Events, Investigations, Pictures
From the UK RAIB web site:
RAIB is investigating a serious near-miss involving a welding gang at Bridgeway user worked crossing, near Shrewsbury.
The accident occurred just before midnight on 16 January 2014 and involved train 1J76, the 22:36 hrs service from Manchester Piccadilly to Shrewsbury. At the point of impact the train, formed by a class 175 diesel multiple unit operated by Arriva Trains Wales, was travelling at approximately 85 mph (136 km/h). It braked to a stand in around half a mile (0.8 km).
Seconds before the collision a member of staff jumped off the trolley and clear of the train. A van, inside which another member of staff was unloading equipment, was parked close to the railway and was very nearly struck by the train. Although the train did not derail, it suffered significant damage, including a ruptured fuel tank. The member of staff who jumped clear suffered minor injuries.
The trolley was being loaded on the up line to move equipment southwards, towards Shrewsbury, to undertake a weld repair. However, this line was still open to traffic to allow train 1J76, the last train of the evening, to approach (the down line had been blocked by arrangement with the controlling signaller based in Cardiff).
Image of trolley underneath the damaged train (courtesy of Network Rail)
RAIB’s investigation will establish the sequence of events, examine how the work was planned, how the staff involved were being managed and the way in which railway safety rules were applied. It will also seek to understand the actions of the track workers involved, and factors that may have influenced their behaviour and attitudes.
RAIB will assess the railway industry’s current strategy for undertaking work of this type, and will review the actions taken in response to previous RAIB recommendations relating to the safety of track workers.
TapRooT® Instructor Chris Vallee shared this photo of his fellow instructor Kevin McManus teaching our recent class in Calgary, Alberta, Canada held on January 27-31, 2014.
If you need to learn all the TapRooT® Tools to find root causes and generate effective corrective actions, this 5-Day course in for you. Click here to learn more.
Harry Thorburn has shared these photos from our 2-Day TapRooT® Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis course in Aberdeen, Scotland held January 29-30, 2014. Enjoy!
Do you need to brush up on your root cause analysis knowledge? Do you want to network with other professionals from around the world in fields like safety, quality, and many more?
Join us at the 2014 Global TapRooT® Summit in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. Click here for more info and to register today!
We received these photos from Piedad Colmenares, who taught a 2-Day onsite TapRooT® in December 2013 in Spain. The students worked hard, made SnapCharT®s, and had a great class.
Thanks for a wonderful class! Click here to ask us how you can hold a TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course in your facility.