Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Quality of accident reports a major concern

MEDIA RELEASE
May 22, 2006


Quality of accident reports a major concern to industry body

This week’s exoneration by the Coroner’s inquest into a fatal helicopter crash at Taumarunui in 2001, of two engineers earlier found by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission’s report to have caused the accident through defective maintenance work, comes as no surprise to the Aviation Industry Association (AIA).

“Regrettably, the industry has major concerns regarding the quality of TAIC’s work” said Irene King, AIA Chief Executive.

“Too many investigations do not find the real cause.”

AIA contends that in large part this is a consequence of the legislative framework under which TAIC operates. This framework requires them to treat information that they receive in confidence. While in many cases this allows information to emerge which otherwise might not, a serious down-side is that there is no equally strong assurance that such information will be rigorously tested.

“Although TAIC aviation investigators typically have distinguished aviation careers, the industry is not confident that they have all of the requisite skills and experience to test evidence, deal with conflicting information or fully understand some of the systemic issues that can be the hidden part of the iceberg of any accident.

“When these limitations are overlain on the protection of information provisions, it is not surprising that major mistakes in determining cause occur.

“The unfortunate effect of defective investigations is that the real cause goes undetected and thus the main purpose of investigating accidents – which is to learn from them, rather than blame anyone – goes unachieved.”

AIA’s view is that careful amendment of the TAIC legislation is needed combined with a major overhaul of TAIC’s internal quality assurance program and commensurate investment in investigatory skills.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>

ALSO:

Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>

Earlier:

Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>

ALSO:

Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>

ALSO:

Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

ALSO:

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news