August 17, 2023 | Mark Paradies

FAST RCA of Incidents

Investigate and Find the Root Causes of Precursor Incidents FAST!

A Precursor Incident is a minor incident that could have been a major accident if one or two more Safeguards had failed. To read more about these incidents, CLICK HERE. It is important to do a good job investigating precursor incidents with low actual consequences because they could have been major accidents if one or two more things had gone wrong. The corrective actions you develop for a precursor incident could prevent a major accident! But how do you investigate precursor incidents and find their root causes? How do you do fast RCA well?

Doing a fast but thorough root cause analysis of precursor incidents is especially important if your facility has dozens or even hundreds of these precursor incidents each year. Why? Because you can’t afford to investigate each one with the same amount of effort that you put into a major accident investigation, but you still need to recommend effective corrective actions.

What Do You Do for FAST RCA?

You need to adopt a simple investigation methodology that gives you excellent results with the minimum amount of effort.

We can help. How? With a system we developed for thorough but fast investigations using the proven TapRooT® RCA techniques.

We took the essential techniques of the famous TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis System and put them in an easy-to-read book (Using the Essential TapRooT® Techniques to Investigate Low-to-Medium Risk Incidents by Mark Paradies and Linda Unger) and made that book the basis for our 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training. This training can help you perform fast, high-quality investigations of precursor incidents.

What’s in the Course?

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Class Introductions and TapRooT® Introduction
  • TapRooT® System Overview – What you will be learning
  • SnapCharT® Basics – Gathering Information
  • SnapCharT® Exercise – Practice
  • Causal Factors – Identifying the Errors
  • Root Cause Tree® – Eliminating Blame
  • Root Cause Tree® Exercise – On Your Own
  • Root Cause Tree® Evidence Collection Tool
  • Corrective Actions – Developing Fixes

Day 2

  • Software Overview – Practicing the Techniques
  • Generic Causes – Optional Technique
  • Putting it All Together
  • Reporting – Management Presentation
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Final Exercise – Putting What You’ve Learned to Work

What do you get with the course? Of course, you get the book, Using the Essential TapRooT® Techniques to Investigate Low-to-Medium Risk Incidents. But you also get:

  1. TapRooT® Essentials Book
  2. Laminated TapRooT® Root Cause Tree®
  3. TapRooT® Root Cause Tree® Dictionary
  4. Course Workbook
  5. Corrective Action Helper® Guide
  6. Certificate of Completion with 1.6 Continuing Education Units
  7. 90-day, free software subscription to the TapRooT® Personal Software


We are so sure this course will help you perform better investigations of precursor incidents that we provide this guarantee:

Attend this course, go back to work, and use what you have learned to analyze accidents, incidents, near-misses, equipment failures, operating issues, or quality problems. If you don’t find root causes that you previously would have overlooked and if you and your management don’t agree that the corrective actions that you recommend are much more effective, just return your course materials/software and we will refund the entire course fee.

More Information about Learning Fast RCA…

Find out more about this 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course by CLICKING HERE.

learning fast RCA

Register for one of our public TapRooT® Courses being held around the world. Remember, each minor incident that isn’t being investigated, or is being investigated poorly, is a missed opportunity to prevent a major accident. You can’t afford to miss these opportunities! Pick your course and REGISTER today!

Or, get more people at your facility trained to help improve performance and make progress even faster. Hold an 2-Day TapRooT® Course for 10-30 people at your site. Get a quote by calling 865-539-2139 or contacting us by CLICKING HERE.

But There Is More … Virtual Training for Fast RCA

What if you can’t make it to one of our public 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Courses and can’t get more than ten people for a course at your site? You have another option … the 3-Day VIRTUAL TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training.

The course covers the same material from the 2-Day TapRooT® Course in a virtual, 3-day environment.


CLICK HERE to see the upcoming course dates and time zones.

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