Student Teams Win Alcoa Campus Partnership Accident Investigation Competition

Posted on 5/24/2011 9:59:44 AM

As part of the Alcoa Campus Partnership Grant, a competition was held among teams of IUP’s Safety Sciences students, who performed an accident investigation analysis of a hypothetical tripping accident that occurred at a manufacturing facility.

As part of this competition, students reviewed preliminary accident information collected at the scene of the accident, and conducted mock interviews with managers and employees at the site (played by Alcoa representatives Jamie Mackay and Paul Robinson and IUP professor Jan Wachter).

After the mock interviews were conducted on April 5, 2011, the work teams delivered fully completed causal analysis and accident investigation forms for evaluation. These forms included a complete list of unsafe acts and conditions, a complete list of management system deficiencies related to the accident, and a list of preventive actions (that address the management system deficiencies) and corrective actions (that address the unsafe acts and conditions).

On April 29, 2011, the individual teams gave presentations covering their results. Judges for the competition were Ms. Jamie Mackie, Alcoa Manager, Sustainability and EHS Systems; and IUP Safety Sciences Department representatives Dr. Jan Wachter and Mr. Pat Yorio.

Two teams won the competition. One team consisted of Christina Deitman, Kurt Dinger, and Kiley Walker. The other team consisted of Brant Farmery, Michael Henry, and Jared McCullough. Each team member received $950 for participating in and winning the competition.

Alcoa Winning Team 1
From left: Kurt Dinger, Kiley Walker, and Christina Deitman

Alcoa Winning Team 2
From left: Brant Farmery, Jared McCullough, and Michael Henry

The Safety Sciences Department would like to congratulate everyone who took part in this educational and enjoyable activity.