December 31, 2007 | Mark Paradies

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Sometimes Stats Don’t Add Up

Failed Pump

I read the following in the trade publication Machinery Lubrication (November 2007):
A multi-industry study published by the National Research Council of Canada showed that particle contamination was the root cause of 82 percent of wear-related failures.

My first thought was … Where did they get these statistics? Very few companies do a formal root cause analysis of every equipment failure.

My second thought was … Particle contamination isn’t a root cause!

Particle contamination would be a Causal Factor – just the start of the root cause analysis process in the TapRooT® System. There could be many causes of the contamination.

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