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Root Cause Analysis (RCA): The ‘Five Whys’ Method

Introduction

Incidents, nearmisses, and system failures happen for a reason. Understanding the contributing factors and root cause, then implementing counter-measures or process improvements, is the key to preventing future incidents and possible losses. Losses materialise in many forms including property damage, personal injury, lost income, missed opportunities, and damage to reputation. The process described below adopts the “Five Whys” approach to determine the root cause of an incident.

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