Fundamentals of Accident Investigation

  • 12 January - 30 January 2015,
11 May - 29 May 2015
  • Duration: 3 weeks
  • Location: Cranfield campus
  • This course focuses on the fundamental skills required by an accident investigator, and draws upon the experiences of the air, marine and rail transport industries to give a balanced view of the accident investigation process. The course structure has been developed in close collaboration with the accident investigation community and with the endorsement of the Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre's Industry Advisory Board.

    Course objectives

    On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

    • Describe the accident investigation process for a transport accident, including elements of preparation,

      emergency response, evidence collection and analysis, report writing and safety recommendations.

    • Work safely under supervision at an accident site.
    • Conduct witness interviews and collect material evidence from a variety of relevant sources.
    • Perform an analysis of evidence to develop a no-blame report of what occurred and recommendations for future preventions.
    • Critically assess strategies for working alongside interested parties including emergency services, legal services, pathologist, scientific support, news media, families and regulatory authorities.

    Course topics

    Who should attend

    All lectures and workshops will be in English and due to the intensity of the course those without a thorough knowledge of English would be at a severe disadvantage. There are no formal qualifications for entry, but course numbers are limited and courses are usually oversubscribed.


    Category: Accident

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