Accident prevention through experience feedback from the rescue services: A study of incident reports in Sweden
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The fire and rescue services are called to the scene of almost all serious accidents. The purpose of this investigation was to find out whether the information they obtain in the course of their normal operations can be used to improve experience feedback in sectors where it is at present weak or non-existent. 1120 incident reports from two local Swedish fire and rescue services were studied. These reports contained 217 proposals for improvement. However, the reports are primarily intended for statistical purposes, and they are currently not used for experience feedback. A system for dissemination of such information is proposed. It is suggested that the rescue services are best equipped to transmit the relevant information to local recipients. A national authority can be entrusted with task to the review and collate information intended for non-local recipients such as companies whose products have been involved in accident and regulatory authorities whose safety regulations may need to be reassessed in light of the experiences reported.
experience feedback, learning from accidents, prevention, fire and rescue services, incident report, intervention report
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-27209OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-27209DiVA: diva2:375887
QC 201012092010-12-092010-12-092010-12-10Bibliographically approved