Root Cause Analysis - RCA

Akhtar Quddus

Most organizations have accident investigation procedures. However, these procedures are often based on a blame culture & do not inspire the investigator to nd & correct the defects in the management system (root causes) that allowed the hazards to exist & the accident to occur.

Several industries have adopted excellent accident investigation & analysis techniques. Competence in the application of modern accident/incident investigation tools will assist organizations to learn & to prevent the recurrence of accidents & to evaluate the extent & location of management defects (root causes), which contributed to the accident event.

A good analytical accident investigation is invaluable to achieve continuous improvement in an organization’s HSE performance.

DAY 1 - Introduction

  • Adopting Accident Prevention strategy thru Risk Management
  • Understanding how accidents are caused
  • The process & system view of accidents & accident investigations
  • The need for & benefits of Root Cause Analysis
  • Introductions, Expectations & Anticipations
  • Dening Incidents, Accidents, Near Misses, Dangerous Occurrences
  • Categorizing Incidents according to nature & severity
  • Complying with the Legal Requirements for reporting & investigating accidents
  • Understanding Immediate, Underlying & Root Causes & Causal Factors
  • The four stages of an Investigation Process
  • Case Study & Group Activity


  • Video-based Case Studies & Group discussions
  • The various sources & categories of evidence
  • Collecting & Preserving Evidence
  • Common Pitfalls in Observations
  • Configuration & Levels of the Investigation Team
  • Immediate response in case of an accident
  • Emergency procedures, Crisis handling & loss minimization
  • Taking control of the scene (Immediate Response)
  • Elective practical interviewing tips & techniques
  • Role Play Group Exercises


  • Analyzing evidence & information
  • Identifying immediate causes, root causes, and system causes
  • Using CLC Charts for Analysis
  • Using 5-Why & Fish-bone techniques to re-enforce CLC Analysis
  • Sifting and sorting evidence & information
  • Incident Timeline – Data Mapping
  • Understanding the problems using Building blocks
  • Identifying critical factors
  • Case Study & Group Exercises


  • An Overview of Root Cause Elimination
  • Understanding & applying the Hierarchy & symmetry of controls
  • Addressing the personal, job & organizational factors in the recommendations
  • Overview of Solution Implementation
  • Identifying human factors & Understanding Human Errors
  • Modifying & influencing behaviors
  • Case Study & Group Exercise
  • Corrective Measures, Recommendations
  • Developing an Implementation Plan & organizing its Implementation
  • Report Writing
  • Action Tracking & Closure monitoring
  • Trend Analysis

What is Root Cause Analysis training course objective?

The objective of root cause analysis training is to equip participants with the necessary skills and techniques to identify the underlying causes of problems or incidents in order to implement effective solutions.
  • Define the accident/incident event
  • Understand modern accident causation theories
  • Define all accident investigation and analysis stages
  • Carry out Initial actions in response to accidents and incidents
  • Gather evidence and data relevant to the accident investigation
  • Interview witnesses
  • Analyze the role of human factors involved in accident investigation
  • Compile accident reports and remedial action plans
  • Gain familiarity with modern accident analysis techniques
  • The use of accident investigations as a management audit tool
  • To locate and dene active human error, preconditions, and root causes
  • Report writing and compilation

Who should join Root Cause Analysis training course by PetroSync?

This workshop is intended for all staff roles in engineering, technical, and supporting departments responsible for ensuring workplace safety and for conducting, leading, reviewing, and approving incident investigations.

Akhtar Quddus

Managing Director MaxTrain International

Akhtar Quddus, is a Senior Safety Consultant and Master Creative Trainer with over 30 years of professional experience. He has worked with oil & gas, chemical & petrochemical, fertilizer, engineering, construction, transportation & heavy cargo lifting & haulage companies in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, Oman, Malaysia, Singapore, Azerbaijan, South Korea, and India.

He has trained, evaluated and certied over 25,000 Safety Critical Personnel for BP Pakistan, OMV, BHP, ENI, MOL, Schlumberger, Krakow, Deutag, JSL, DESCON, Siemens, KESC, etc. and other clients including Control of Work Standard, Incident Investigation Team Leaders , Permit to Work Authorized Persons, Energy Isolation Authorities, Conned Space Supervisors, Crane Operators and Riggers, Rigging Supervisors, Scaolding Supervisors, Scaolding Inspectors, etc.


Project Experience

  • Developed Control of Work Standard procedures for BP Pakistan E&P Inc. in the areas of Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis, Permit to Work, vestigation & Root Cause Analysis, Permit to Work, Energy Isolations, ABC Analysis, Conned Space Lifting Operations, Lifting Risk Assessment, Excavations & Trenching, Management of Change, Driving/ Vehicle Safety, Contractor Safety Management System, Hazard Identication, HIRARC, etc.
  • Conducted incident investigations for high impact incidents at Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd.
  • Conducted HAZOP Studies for SABIC, Saudi Aramco & SWCC Plants in Saudi Arabia.
  • Conducted Fire Risk Assessments for BP Pakistan, BOC Gases Ltd.
  • Conducted & implemented Behavior Based Safety programs, implementation & audits for NOMAC.
  • Conducted HSE Management systems (OHSAS 18001 & ISO-14001) Audits & Gap analysis.
  • Conducted HSE Climate Surveys and Trending.


Certification :

  • NEBOSH (UK) International General Certi­cate approved trainer
  • NEBOSH (UK) International Technical Certi­cate for Oil & Gas Safety approved trainer
  • IOSH (UK) Managing Safely & Working Safely licensed trainer
  • CIEH (UK) Level 4 H&S in the Workplace licensed trainer
  • CIEH (UK) Risk Assessment Principles & Practice licensed trainer
  • CIEH (UK) Principles of COSHH licensed trainer
  • OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor

  • Code PST0345-202401
  • Start Date 24 Jun, 2024
  • End Date 27 Jun, 2024
  • Locations Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Cost USD 2750
  • Register
  • Code PST0345-202402
  • Start Date 01 Jul, 2024
  • End Date 04 Jul, 2024
  • Locations Bandung, Indonesia
  • Cost USD 2750
  • Register
  • Code PST0345-202403
  • Start Date 09 Dec, 2024
  • End Date 12 Dec, 2024
  • Locations Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Cost USD 2750
  • Register
  • Code PST0345-202404
  • Start Date 16 Dec, 2024
  • End Date 19 Dec, 2024
  • Locations Bandung, Indonesia
  • Cost USD 2750
  • Register
Code Start Date End Date Locations Cost Instructor Register
PST0345-202401 24 Jun, 2024 27 Jun, 2024 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia USD 2750 Akhtar Quddus Register
PST0345-202402 01 Jul, 2024 04 Jul, 2024 Bandung, Indonesia USD 2750 Akhtar Quddus Register
PST0345-202403 09 Dec, 2024 12 Dec, 2024 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia USD 2750 Akhtar Quddus Register
PST0345-202404 16 Dec, 2024 19 Dec, 2024 Bandung, Indonesia USD 2750 Akhtar Quddus Register