DOE Accident Prevention and Investigation Program


The Department of Energy (DOE) Accident Prevention and Investigation Program serves as a key DOE corporate safety resource for promoting accident PREVENTION through exchange of lessons learned and information for improvement of our integrated safety management system. The techniques and tools utilized in the investigation of "accidents" can be valuable in looking at leading indicators associated with our safety program, to determine the embedded precursors to accidents, and prevent them from occurring. The information obtained through application of these techniques and tools serve as benchmarks for others to utilize in evaluating their safety management systems.

Accident Investigation (AI) Requirements, Standards, and Guidelines


  • DOE-HDBK-1208-2012, Accident Investigation and Prevention
    • Volume 1 - Accident Analysis Techniques

    • Volume 2 - Operational Safety Review Techniques

  • Accident Investigation Day Planner 2012: A Guide for Accident Investigation Board Chairpersons

  • Administrative Coordinator and Editor Guide




Accident Investigation Analysis Reports

  • AI-2013-02, January 29, 2014

  • AI-2013-01, April 1, 2013

  • AI-2012-01, February 28, 2012

  • AI-2011-01, June 1, 2011

  • AI-2010-10-02, November 1, 2010

  • AI-2010-10-01, April 23, 2010




Federally Led Accident Investigation Reports


Accident Investigation of the February 5, 2014, Underground Salt Haul Truck Fire at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Carlsbad, NM


Accident Investigation of the December 11, 2013, Integrated Device Fireset and Detonator Accident Discharge at the Sandia National Laboratories Site 9920, Albuquerque, NM


Accident Investigation of the October 1, 2013, Tice Electric Company Employee Fatality near Patrick's Knob Radio Station, Bonneville Power Administration


Accident Investigation of the July 30, 2013, Electrical Fatality on the Bandon-Rogue No. 1 115kV Line at the Bonneville Power Administration


Accident Investigation of the June 1, 2013, Stairway Fall Resulting in a Federal Employee Fatality at DOE Headquarters Germantown, Maryland


Accident Investigation of the February 7, 2013, Scissor Lift Accident in the West Hackberry Brine Tank-14 Resulting in Injury, Strategic Petroleum Reserve West Hackberry, LA


Accident Investigation of the September 20, 2012 Fatal Fall from the Dworshak-Taft #1 Transmission Tower, at the Bonneville Power Marketing Administration


Accident Investigation of the August 21, 2012, Contamination Incident at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center at the Los Alamos National Laboratory


Accident Investigation of the June 17, 2012 Construction Accident - Structural Steel Collapse at The Over pack Storage Expansion #2 at the Naval Reactors Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho


Investigation of the June 29, 2012, Fall from a Fixed Ladder at Building 830, at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Brookhaven National Laboratory


Investigation of the November 8, 2011, Plutonium Contamination in the Zero Power Physics Reactor Facility, at the Idaho National Laboratory


Investigation of the September 13, 2011 Fatality at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Bryan Mound Site


Investigation of the July 1, 2011, Fall Injury at the Savannah River Site


Investigation of the March 5, 2011, Building 488, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Tree Felling Injury



Click here to view Type A Accident Investigation Reports (Pre March 2011)


Click here to view Type B Accident Investigation Reports (Pre March 2011)