November 21, 2018 | Mark Paradies

What is a Precursor Incident?

What is a Precursor Incident?

Perhaps the easiest answer is:

Minor incidents that could have been a major accident
if one or two more Safeguards would have failed.

Many times LUCK is the last Safeguard that saved someone’s life. How about this:

Another 3 feet and the guy with his back turned would have been dead. Pure luck.

That Precursor Incident is easy-to-spot. But many Precursor Incidents are less obvious.

Spotting a Precursor Incident means spotting failed Safeguards or an unidentified Hazard/Energy before an accident happens. A failed Safeguard in a system with multiple Safeguards IS a Precursor Incident. Energy without an effective Safeguard IS a Precursor Incident.

Are you looking for Precursor Incidents? Are you investigating Precursor Incidents and finding and effectively fixing their real root causes?

Did you know that the TapRooT® Folks have a book and a course all about investigating Precursor Incidents?

The book is:

Using the Essential TapRooT® Techniques to
Investigate Low-to-Medium Risk Incidents

The course is:

2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training

You can’t afford to wait for the causes of Precursor Incidents to come together to cause a major accident. Fix them when they provide a warning and avoid the devastation of a fatality, major fire, explosion, regulatory fine, or major customer complaint. See our list of upcoming TapRooT® Courses being held around the world here:

Courses & Training, Operational Excellence, Root Cause Analysis, Root Cause Analysis Tips
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