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Transport Accident and Incident Investigation in the European Union

Transport Accident and Incident Investigation in the European Union

Most serious, public transport accidents are investigated to a greater or lesser extent but, with some conspicuous exceptions, particularly with aviation, only a few are done with the aim of improving safety. Many have been investigated with the aim of apportioning blame or liability and although safety recommendations are often made, they frequently fail to identify some of the underlying causes of whatever went wrong. An accident is rarely the result of a single […]

Road Safety Audit and Safety Impact Assessment

Road Safety Audit and Safety Impact Assessment

Road safety audit is a formal procedure for independent assessment of the accident potential and likely safety performance of a specific design for a road or traffic  scheme – whether new construction or an alteration to an existing road. Road safety impact assessment is a formal procedure for independent assessment of the likely effects of proposed road or traffic schemes, or indeed other schemes that have substantial effects on road […]

Increasing the Survival Rate in Aircraft Accidents: Impact Protection, Fire survivability and evacuation

Increasing the Survival Rate in Aircraft Accidents: Impact Protection, Fire survivability and evacuation

Increasing survivability: the scope for benefit Up until 1970, the fatal air accident rate world-wide had been falling dramatically. While the rate, since then, has decreased slightly, this has not been accompanied by an equivalent reduction in the fatality rate of those onboard aircraft. Approximately, 90 per cent of aircraft accidents can be categorised as survivable or technically survivable. In round and, of course, fluctuating figures it is estimated that […]

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