Modern Theories in Accident Causation

Course Description

Beginning in the 1920’s with Heinrich’s Study of the Cause of Industrial Accidents, organizations have been trying to determine the cause of accidents in the workplace.

While most of Heinrich’s theories have been disproven and superseded by more modern theories the use Heinrich’s root cause analysis often delivers typical results, human error. In this course we will examine and apply, with the use of the case study method, some of the more modern tools used to analyze workplace incidents. Tools such as Human Performance, Systems theory, Combination theory and Epidemiological theory will be discussed and applied.

Course ID: EST 7127P
Course Format: Classroom

Important Course Information

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Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Jun 26, 2018 Jun 27, 2018 Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $495 18053
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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
16217 Jun 28, 2016 Jun 29, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $495
17121 Jun 27, 2017 Jun 28, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $495

Who Should Attend

Safety and health Professionals, risk mangers, and supervisors

How You Will Benefit

  • Define human error and types
  • Compare multiple accident causation theories
  • Apply countermeasures to prevent recurrence
  • Understand the role of accident causation within a safety management system


  • Introduction/ Definitions
  • Human Factors
  • Error Types
  • Accidents/ Near Miss
  • Behaviors (latent, etc.)
  • Theory
  • Systems V. People
  • Timeline of an event (case study)
  • Pure Chance/ Energy Transfer
  • Swiss Cheese/ Domino
  • Epidemiological
  • Systems Theory
  • Combination Theory
  • Deming
  • Countermeasures & Risk Management Techniques
  • Group Exercise
  • Management Systems
  • Human Performance
  • Outputs

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: James Howry