Now issuing Independent Certificates of industry H&S compliance
Suggested training uses
and related accident reports
Including Records separated by year, since 2005
Most databases contain summaries of data that has either been simplified or manipulated (or both). In my experience, the worst data is recorded as a tick-box summary made by a clerk who does not understand the material being summarised. In Humanitarian demining, the IMSMA accident records are an example of saving simplified and incomplete data for no apparent purpose other than to say that a record has been made. No one has ever been able to rely on IMSMA accident data to draw reliable and informed conclusions.
The Database of Demining Accidents is older and far more detailed than the IMSMA accident records. Whenever possible, it contains the original accident reports, photographs, statements and documents related to each accident. This website gives you access to the complete records in separately compiled "Reports". The only data excluded are the names of Victims, Demining agencies and the investigators involved. Although each record has a search-summary at the start, these records include the original reports, (including errors and inconsistencies expressed in the investigator's own words) so that you do not have to rely on a summary. Each record ends with a brief "Analysis". This is intended to put the record in context and explain the "causes" that have been noted for the accident in the summary.
Accurate accident records should be kept in order to study them and learn how to avoid making the same mistakes in future. The fact that the most common causes of accidents recur repeatedly implies that lessons are not learned and that many demining professionals would gain from studying accident data. Some of the more obvious lessons that can be derived are apparent in the training section of this site.
Email me at avs(at)nolandmines.com if you have questions or an "accident search" that you want made. If you want the details of a particular accident, ask me and I will try to find it for you.
Click here to open a sample Accident report.