Basis for Recommendation
The accident was not reported, in full, in the first instance, as set out in CCE-SMS-005 and CCE-SMS-007; and the full scale only came to light due to the efforts of the internal IÉ Safety Department. The contractors and IÉ-IM GO felt unable to challenge the IÉ-IM supervisors, a form, of authority gradient). The RAIU make the following safety recommendation:
IÉ-IM should conduct a full review on the reporting of accidents by IÉ-IM staff and contractors, consideration should be given to:
- Reviewing CCE-SMS-007 and CCE-SMS-005 to identify any areas where improvements can be made related to the reporting of safety related occurrences; where areas of concern are identified these should be addressed;
- Enhance and promote its confidential reporting system to ensure all staff (with a particular emphasis on contracted staff) can report issues related to safety and welfare;
- Promote a positive culture, associated with the reporting of occurrences, in an effort to eliminate on-site authority gradients whereby staff cannot challenge supervisors (Safety Recommendation 2023002-03).