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A review of accidents involving run-away/unexpected reactions that can be found in various accident data collections is undertaken in this study. This comparison confirms the results obtained in reviewing accidents involving chlorine and ammonia. The more severe the accident consequences the higher its probability of being recorded in an accident database. However, even catastrophic accidents may escape recording. Therefore use of the content of accident databases for statistical analysis has be done with great care. Newspapers and short reports from safety related periodical publications are the sources most often utilised for collecting accident data. Such reports mainly emphasise the spectacular aspects of the accidents rather than giving a complete and accurate description of accident circumstances and causes. This review emphasises the need for common accident investigation and reporting procedures. Application of such procedures can facilitate the collection of complete and accurate accident reports of all severe accidents by a network of cooperating accident databases.

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Authors: DROGARIS G, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14634 EN (1992) 54 pp., FS, ECU 6
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-4736-6
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