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Root Cause, Causal Factors, Proximate Causes or Contributing Causes

TASA ID: 273

Causal analysis is a surprisingly complex process that over the years has been subject to push and pulls from a wide variety of professional influences. When determining the actual cause of an accident or an incident, any number of stake holders would like to address the issue that “caused” the accident, whether to prevent a reoccurrence or, on the other side of the remedial spectrum, to punish the causal party.

Boating Accident Gasoline Explosion- 32 Foot Aluminum Cruiser

TASA ID: 674

The information contained in the documents reviewed indicates the following:  The lower decking and floors were blown upwards by overpressure in the bilge area, and the upper deck was blown away from the center of the boat.  There was melted wiring insulation in the vicinity of the electric water heater forward of the non-tight bulkhead located under the cabin floor, indicating that flames were present in the vicinity of the water heater.

What's Your H2O (Safety) IQ?: How well can you answer these 20 boating and water safety questions?

TASA ID: 1723

1. [a] How many drowning deaths occur in the U.S. annually?

In 2014, the total went down to about 4,000 per the National Safety Council. In 1980, there were 8,000 drownings nationally.

Why: CPR, *PFDs - improved life jackets, EMS, **ETH-updated information about alcohol/aquatic dangers. But much more can be and needs to be done.*(Personal Flotation Devices-Life Jackets) ** (Ethanol-Grain alcohol, as in beverages)

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