Incident Investigation and Learning using Tripod Beta

(Health, Safety, Environment, Project Management)

Outstanding Features

Should incidents be investigated? Where does incident investigation fit in an overall HSE framework? Mark Cowan, our accredited Tripod Beta practitioner and trainer, will give step-by-step instruction and detailed guidance on how to use the Tripod Beta incident investigation and analysis methodology. Participants will be challenged as they learn to apply the Tripod Beta approach to incident investigation using thought provoking case studies and team activities.
This course is suitable for participants that are both new and experienced in the application of Tripod Beta methodologies.

Course Overview

This four-day course covers the full lifecycle of the investigation process using the Tripod Methodology, from incident classification, incident kick off, sequence of events, investigation planning, barriers, evidence gathering, analysis, causation path, reporting and recommendations, assessment and accreditation.

Target Audience

HSE Specialists, HSE Advisors, Health and Safety Officers, Project Managers

You Will Learn How to

At the end of this four-day accredited program, participants will be able to:
• Define ‘what is an incident?’
• Understand the overall incident investigation process
• Apply barrier-based thinking and philosophy behind human behavior
• Design and organize an incident investigation
• Collect data and evidence
• Use interview skills and techniques and deal with difficult interviews
• Communicate and report the investigation process and findings


• Introduction to Tripod Beta & Philosophy
• Incident Investigation
o Classification
o Kick-off
o Planning
• Barriers
• Evidence gathering and fact finding
• Interviews
o Conduct interviews
o Plan and organize interviews
o Plan and describe questions and their timing
• Causation path
• Tripod rules
• Analysis quality
• Reporting and recommendations
• Tripod knowledge assessment
• Accreditation process

Course Details

Day 1
• Introduction
• Incident as a business process disturbance
• Why investigate incidents?
• Tripod Beta philosophy
• Incident Risk Assessment Matrix (RAM)
• Legal implications of conducting an investigation
• Importance of having Terms of Reference, including scope, prior to investigation
• Selection of team members
• Briefing of investigation team
• Case studies
Day 2
• Functions of barriers
• Types of barriers
• Describe barriers in the context of reporting clarity
• Four types of evidence gathering
• Distinguishing facts from non-facts
• Create evidence-based plan using 4Ps
• Plan, organize and conduct interviews
• Case studies
Day 3
• Elements of Tripod causation path: Immediate causes, preconditions, underlying causes and basic risk factors
• Causation paths for identified barriers
• Rules in building a tripod diagram
• Determining when a Tripod analysis meets requirements
• Improve the quality of a tripod analysis
• Reporting and recommendations
• Knowledge Assessment
• Conclusion and evaluation

Course Length

3 Days

Course Director

Mark Cowan


Worley Academy
Energy Institute Bronze Tripod Beta Accreditation

Course Schedule

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