January 22, 2010 | Mark Paradies

Root Cause Analysis Tip: Where Do You Need to Install Cameras and Microphones to Improve Your Investigations?

USA Today reported:

WASHINGTON — Accident investigators uncovered such egregious behavior by train operators in the fatal 2008 accident near Los Angeles that they suggested Thursday that all railroads monitor crews with video surveillance.

In a controversial recommendation intended to draw a line in the sand against the rapid rise in accidents triggered by distractions from cellphones and other technology, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) not only endorsed placing video cameras in train cabs, but said railroads should regularly monitor the videos to ensure that engineers follow safety rules.

These recommendations by the NTSB will not only help improve the accountability for and the enforcement of SPAC (Standards, Policies, and Administrative Controls), they will also make future investigations much easier.

Have you thought about video/audio monitoring of key personnel and workspaces to provide increased accountability, better enforcement of SPAC, and better root cause analysis?

Maybe now is the time to suggest it…


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