MSc (Eng) Project title A Systemic Study of accident causality in South African Mines
(Supervisors: Dr. A. J. Isafiade, Dr. Wynand van Dyk)
The South African mining industry is known for its high accident rate. A proper understanding of accident causality is a key factor in the attempt to achieve safer industry. The Swiss cheese model by James Reason has proven to be an effective conceptual framework for understanding of accidents in industries. Contrary to the popular notion that most organizational accidents are due to human error, the Swiss cheese model explains human error as a symptom of a deeper problem in the organizational structure. Unsafe behaviours in organizations are linked to latent defects existing in its structure. This project is aimed at providing a better understanding into accident causality in South Africa mines by conducting a systemic study. A framework developed from Reason’s model iwas used in a systemic analysis of mining incidents from South African mines. This work identified accident pathogens in the South African mining industry.