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Shaping Public Safety Investigations of Accidents in Europe

Funded under: FP6-JRC


The study �Public Safety Investigations of Accidents in Europe� has two main objectives: - To describe the origin, the development, the current situation and the observed trends in Europe concerning public investigation of accidents, including a comment of main objectives and organisational patterns.
- To identify and discuss some of the main dilemmas and conflicts between an investigation commission and the environment and that exist within a commission, together with outlining some main challenges of investigation.
It draws conclusions, makes recommendations and gives suggestions for action. In addition, by integrating a carefully made selection of articles, we want to stimulate the further, necessary debate on crucial issues facing the future role, functions and structures of accident investigation commissions.
Accidents and disasters have resulted in heavy losses of life, reduced health and material damages in Europe in the past, and present a major threat to life and health in future and to the further development of welfare and economic growth. Part 1 gives a European background for the topic and outlines the objectives and target groups of the book. The main concepts - public, safety, investigation, and accidents - are analysed and the scope of public investigation outlined.

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Authors: KIRCHSTEIGER C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy, Petten (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21560 EN (2005), 198 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
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