The home of the Tripod Beta accident investigation and analysis methodology
The Stichting Tripod Foundation is a charitable foundation established in 1998 to make the Tripod methodologies publically available. In 2012, the Foundation partnered with the Energy Institute.
The foundation acts as the official accreditation and examination body for recognising Tripod Practitioners and Trainers.
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|Tripod Beta: Accident/incident investigation and analysis methodology|
What is Tripod?
Learning from accidents and incidents is key to improving health, safety and environment (HSE) performance. However, all too often, incident investigations do not go far enough to:
- Determine the human factors contribution to an incident (beyond simply attributing it to ‘human error’), and
- Uncover the underlying organisational/cultural deficiencies that encouraged that incident to happen.
This can result in organisations failing to address these underlying cultural and organisational issues, making it likely that the same types of incidents will happen in future – and that future incidents will have similar root causes.
Furthermore, if it is known what the common root causes of incidents are it can even be possible to predict and prevent incidents before they happen.
Borne out of research commissioned by Shell International and carried out at the Universiteit Leiden and the University of Manchester during the 1980s and 1990s, Tripod is a theory for understanding incidents and accidents. It was developed to explain how and why incidents happen, and allow the root organisational causes and deficiencies to be uncovered and addressed.