Learning from accidents


May 27 - 28 2024


All Day



This 2 days program approaches investigations from the perspective of Social Psychology Event Exploration & Knowledge (SEEK). SEEK is an event investigation methodology based on the foundations of a Social Psychology of Risk (SPoR).


Greg Smith (Jackson McDonald) will be joining Nippin Anand and Pedro Ferreira to host this program and talk about his experience on safety and accidents from a legal perspective.

Are we really learning from accidents?

Typically, we think of learning as a search for a ‘root cause’ (or causes) followed with corrective actions and recommendations.

In other words, a problem to be identified and a solution to fix the problem. Is that how you think about learning?

This workshop comprises of two sessions:

  1. In session 1, we will question our current approach to learning from accidents (and every day work).
  2. Session 2 will then provide a visual method (iCue) and a range of intuitive tools to facilitate learning.


For an introduction to the iCue method watch this video

Watch this video for an example of an incident investigation using iCue.

In SEEK, we start with the investigator’s biases.

That’s where learning begins!

It’s fun, it’s intuitive, it’s participative and it taps our imagination.

That’s learning!

About SEEK

SEEK is based on the iCue method but specifically designed to carry out accident investigations.

The term SEEK represents a shift away from investigating the behaviour of those being investigated to helping uncover the biases and assumptions of those responsible for investigating and managing risk.

In other words, a shift from finding and fixing problems towards questioning and understanding the limits of our own worldview. That’s where learning and discovery begins.

Forthcoming books from the speakers

Nippin Anand

Are we learning from accidents: A quandary, a question and a way forward

Nippin has just finished a book – Are we learning from accidents? – and will make a stopover in Canberra to present his work.

The book presents the example of the Costa Concordia case and also provides practical methods and tools to learn from accidents. A copy of the book will be provided to all those attending the iCue workshop. 

This is not a one-off opportunity, once you have signed up to the course, you will become part of the iCue community. Nippin and his colleagues in the SPoR / iCue community hold online sessions every month where people from around the world meet and practice iCue. There are no costs or strings attached to being a member of this community.


Greg Smith

Proving Safety

Greg will be soon publishing another book, adding to his already rich and insightful series of published material on safety. He will be sharing with participants some of the key questions addressed in this latest book:

  • Safety as a wicked problem
  • What does reasonably practicable mean in practice?
  • What does due diligence mean in practice?
  • What other problems with our current processes for reporting about workplace health and safety?
  • What would a different framework for workplace health and safety assurance look like?


The workshop will be held in the office of Jackson McDonald.



Original Price is £ 830.00 (GBP) – approximately $ 1600.00 (AUD)

Early Bird £747.00 (GBP) available until 20/04/2024.

For group discount (4 or more persons) please get in touch at support@novellus.solutions


Terms and conditions

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Perth | Jackson McDonald Law
Whadjuk Noongar Boodja Level 17, 225 St Georges Terrace Perth Western Australia 6000


  • Nippin Anand
    Nippin Anand

    Nippin has a Masters degree in Economics, a PhD in Social Sciences and a fascination in Cultural Anthropology. Working as a seafarer and travelling the world from the age of seventeen gave Nippin the unique opportunity to meet people who think differently. This experience has informed much of his work to date, encouraging him to find deeper meaning, as well as learn and grow through every challenge he undertakes.

  • Pedro Ferreira
    Pedro Ferreira
    Chief Scientist

    Pedro applies a wide diversity of industry and academic research experience to the understanding of how planning, learning and decision-making are at play in different organisations. He has over 20 years of experience as a consultant and researcher in the areas of Safety, Resilience and Ergonomics.
    Pedro holds a PhD in “Manufacturing Engineering and Operations Management” and a master degree in Ergonomics and Health & Safety.

  • Greg Smith
    Greg Smith
    Leading workplace and safety lawyer, author, trainer

    As a leading workplace lawyer, Greg’s technical expertise is deep, providing some of Australia’s largest and most significant employers with strategic advice on compliance, incident investigation management and response, safety management and representation in various legal proceedings.

    Greg has also devised and delivered comprehensive training programs and is regarded as a leading provider of safety and health training, particularly in the areas of management responsibilities and contractor safety management. He also developed and taught the accident prevention Unit as part of the School of Public Health, Health, Safety and Environment at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

    Greg has appeared in the Supreme Court, District Court and Magistrates Court of Western Australia, the Federal Court, Equal Opportunity Tribunal and the State Administrative Tribunal. He has also been involved in military boards of inquiry into major accidents.

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