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February 10, 2016

The UK Government announced a task force dedicated to tackling fraud and particularly want to encourage reporting of incidents so that intelligence can be shared and preventive measures taken to tackle this growing problem.



Many victims are too ashamed to come forward, perhaps in the fear that the perpetrators are beyond reach and that their own reputation will be sullied.

Does this sound anything like incident reporting at your facility ?


Are we failing to create and sustain a culture where potentially or actually dangerous events are treated as the norm for fear of making a fuss or "rocking the boat".

The force's task list will include:

  • Compiling a list of the top 10 fraudsters and organised fraud gangs they most want to catch

  • Quicker intelligence sharing between banks and law enforcement

  • Raising awareness of steps people can take to prevent fraud

  • Identifying weaknesses in computer systems and processes which fraudsters can exploit

Let's look at that list again:

  • Compiling a list of the top 10 incident causes they most want to prevent

  • Quicker intelligence sharing between companies and regulators

  • Raising awareness of steps plant personnel can take to prevent incidents

  • Identifying weaknesses in computer systems and processes which hazards can exploit

We have numerous sources of incident data in place and time , but are we really using that information intelligently ? are we using HAZOP (or other tools) to tackle design issues but overlook or underestimate operating threats.

I'm reminded of 'The Untouchables' where crime was a known issue but became the norm because the 'authorities' were too afraid (and in some cases corrupt - but I'm not making that comparison) to deal with those responsible.

Step in Elliot Ness as a Treasury Agent who put away Al Capone for tax evasion.

Is it therefore the case that we need to tackle incidents from a Commercial rather than just a Technical view e.g. put a $/£/€ value on each near hit with potential costs so that the impact is properly understood (in terms of lost/reduced production and repair/replacement costs) and addressed.

Don't allow your incidents to become Untouchable - to quote Mr Ness:

"Never stop fighting till the fight is done"


Final thoughts from Jim Malone:

"You just fulfilled the first rule of law enforcement: Make sure when your shift is over, you go home alive"


I'm sure when you watch your favourite crime drama you think about the investigation techniques that are common between crimes and (Process Safety) incidents.



Let's be careful out there !

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