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Domino Theory Of Accident Causation

Definition of "Domino theory of accident causation"

Theory developed in 1931 by H. W. Heinrich; states that an accident is only one of a series of factors, each of which depends on a previous factor in the following manner:

  1. accident causes an injury.
  2. individual's negligent act or omission, or a faulty machine, causes an accident.
  3. personal shortcomings cause negligent acts or omissions.
  4. hereditary and environment cause personal shortcomings.

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