Queensland (AU)

Webinar: Two Angles - Investigating Accidents for Lessons Learned

Webinar: Two Angles - Investigating Accidents for Lessons Learned
  • Date From 10th June 2020
  • Date To 10th June 2020
  • Price Free of charge, open to all.
  • Location Online: 12:30 AEST, 14:30 NZST, 10:30 AWST/MYT. Duration: 1 hour.


The Joint Chemical Engineering Committee (JCEC) Queensland invites you to participate in the discussion on supportive safety decision-making by studying the structure of causal networks.

Have you ever wondered how to get the best use out of your accident investigations? How to get the most useful set of lessons learned?

Ben Seligmann and Derek Heraghty will present the outcomes of some research that explores this topic from two angles. Firstly, is there a link between the style of investigation method chosen, and the types of lessons learned identified? If so, then we should think carefully about which method to choose. But how do we do that? What are some principles upon which we can choose an investigation method to increase our chances of getting the most useful set of lessons learned?

The second part of the presentation explores what type of method, and combination of methods, can yield richer accident descriptions, likely enabling you to generate more useful lessons learned.


Ben Seligmann, Research Fellow (Risk Management) - Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre

Ben Seligmann is a risk specialist, systems thinker and teacher. Over the last 10 years he has worked in academia, engineering consulting, HSE and risk and compliance, across the mining, infrastructure, healthcare and education industries. His current focus on risk management research at the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC), is a part of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland.

His particular research interests are new frontiers of risk management, risk assessment in practice, modelling of accident scenarios and trying to engage with the complexity of socio-technical industrial systems.

Derek Heraghty, Senior Health and Safety Manager - South East Program Alliance

Derek Heraghty is a senior safety professional with over 14 years’ of construction infrastructure experience that spans across oil and gas, roads, nuclear and rail. In his role, Derek has worked closely with senior leaders in the delivery of large scale transformational safety programs.

Derek began his career following the completion of a BSc(hon.) in Occupational Safety and Health before completing a post-graduate certificate in Safety Leadership under Professor Sidney Dekker and Dr Drew Rae.

In addition to Accident Report Interpretation (2018), Derek has also released research in the area of workplace justice: Managing accidents using retributive justice mechanisms (2020), and is currently in the final stages of completing his PhD in the area of workplace justice under the supervision of Professor Sidney Dekker and Dr Drew Rae.


  • 12:30—13:30 AEST
  • 10:30—11:30 AWST/MYT
  • 14:30—15:30 NZST 

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