A preliminary analysis of the 'Tlahuac' incident by applying the MORT technique

J. R. Santos-Reyes, S. Olmos-Peña, L. M. Hernández-Simón

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    Abstract

    Crime may be regarded as a major source of social concern in the modern world. Very often increases in crime rates will be treated as headline news, and many people see the 'law and order' issue as one of the most pressing in modern society. An example of such issues has been highlighted by the "Tláhuac" incident which occurred in Mexico City on 23 November 2004. The fatal incident occurred when an angry crowd burnt alive two police officers and seriously injured another after mistaking them for child kidnappers. The third policeman who was finally rescued by colleagues (three and half hours after the attack began) suffered serious injuries. The paper presents some preliminary results of the analysis of the above incident by applying the MORT (Management Over-sight Risk Three) technique. The MORT technique may be regarded as a structured checklist in the form of a complex 'fault tree' model that is intended to ensure that all aspects of an organization's management are looked into when assessing the possible causes of an incident. Some other accident analysis approaches may be adopted in the future for further analysis. It is hoped that by conducting such analysis lessons can be learnt so that incidents such as the case of 'Tláhuac' can be prevented in the future. © Taylor & Francis Group, London.© 2009 Taylor & Francis Group.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Pages11-18
    Number of pages9
    StatePublished - 1 Dec 2009
    EventSafety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications - Proceedings of the Joint ESREL and SRA-Europe Conference -
    Duration: 1 Dec 2009 → …

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    ConferenceSafety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications - Proceedings of the Joint ESREL and SRA-Europe Conference
    Period1/12/09 → …

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