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Accident & Incident Investigation - Risk & Root Causes

This course was designed for personnel who seek methods to conduct a thorough investigation of maritime incidents and helps identify and assess the risks in order to provide effective solutions and establish the appropriate safe guards. The course also aims to deliver knowledge and skills required for accident and incident investigators or persons intending to become accident investigators, according to IMO Res. A849(20) - Code for the Investigation of Marine Casualties & Incidents as amended by ResA884(21) and other Maritime Industry guidance.


Gain the confidence to effectively evaluate a third party investigation in accordance with internationally recognized best practice techniques through our Accident/Incident Investigation, Risk & Root Causes course.


Aims & Objectives
  • Interpret IMO and Industry requirements for implementation purposes
  • Support to Plan, conduct and follow-up accident investigations
  • To provide all essentials for participation to an Accident Investigator


Learning Outcomes

A trainee successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Plan, conduct, report an Accident Investigation
  • Identify risks and underlying causes
  • Recommend effective solutions


Who should attend?
  • Accident Investigators
  • Accident Investigation team members
  • Consultants
  • Officials
  • Inspectors
  • Directors
  • Masters / Chief Engineers/ Superintendents
  • Operation and Technical Managers


Prerequisite skills & knowledge: Basic Knowledge of Accident/ Incident Investigation, Risk & Root Causes requirements


Relative Conventions, Codes and Standards: • ISM - Solas –Marpol-STCW-MLC • Relevant codes (especially IMO Accident/Incident Investigation Code as amended)


Available in-house/distant learning? Yes


Created by: LiberoAssurance Accredited Training Centre
Accident/ Incident Investigation, Risk & Root Causes
Introduction to Accident & Incident Investigation
  • Accident & Safe Operation
  • Key Terms
  • Key Terms – Hazard, Incident, Consequence
  • Key Terms – Causes
  • Key Terms – Risk
  • Accident preventive actions
  • Risk management sequence of actions
  • Identified threats
  • Risk Calculation
  • Risk Classification
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Risk Results
  • Marine Accident Investigation
  • Marine accident sequence
  • Typical marine accidents & consequences
  • Type of Casualties
  • Man overboard- example
Incident Investigation - Event & Causal Factors and Root causes
  • Incident Investigation Methodology
  • Events and Causal Factors (ECF)
  • Find Root Causes
  • Identify Root Causes – Direct Cause
  • Identify Root Causes– Indirect Cause
  • Identify Root Causes– Root Cause
Accident / Incident Investigation Analysis
  • Why incident investigation?
  • Effects on Safety Management Systems
  • Incident Investigation – Overview
  • Incident Investigation key steps
  • The Investigation Report
Accident Investigator
  • Steps for an Accident Investigator
  • Accident Investigator’s Competency
  • Accident Investigator ‘s Tools
  • Accident Investigator’s Behavior
  • Accident Investigator’s Report
Common Root Cause Models
  • HSG65 approach
  • SCAT (Systematic cause analysis technique)
  • MORT (Management oversight risk tree)
  • Simple to Follow Proposal
  • Timeline of an Accident
  • Final Guidance for Accident Investigators
  • Witness Sample Questions
  • Subject of Complain sample Questions


Exam & Certification
  • Exam on Accident/Incident Investigation, Risk & Root Causes
  • “Accident/Incident Investigation, Risk & Root Causes” Certificate
Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • No. of slides: 147


  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 18
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrollment duration: 90 days (from the date of purchase)
  • CPD Points: 18
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 0.6


Assessment methods




Libero Assurance Certificate

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170,00 €


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