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(re safety differently ADQ1.)

 

 

1. At the penultimate paragraph on page. 20., the article says Laing O’Rourke is moving away from “the notion that minor accidents are the predictors of major ones”.

 

ADQ.1.  

a). Please define the term “minor accident”.

b). What is the source of the above “notion”?.

c). Can minor accidents predict major ones?  

 

 

In view of the number of references to Heinrich in the safety differently article, it will be fitting to rely upon him where relevant and possible.

 

To be precise, there is no such thing as a minor accident (or a major one). When an accident results in a minor injury...a minor injury accident has occurred. The two words (accident and injury) represent distinct occurrences; i.e. one is the result of the other. “As a rule, precise terminology is of relatively small importance, except when it is found that it indicates misdirection in both thought and action. Then, the matter of words or phrases becomes decidedly important” (Heinrich 1941 p.26.).     

 

 

ADQ.1.  

a). Please define the term “minor accident”.

b). What is the source of the above “notion”?.

c). Can minor accidents predict major ones?

 

Questions ADQ.1. b. & c. are addressed here with ADQ.3. a. & b.

 

 

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