This paper presents an analysis of the way organisational factors can influence structural integrity. Based on a review of accident investigations, qualitative interviews and a questionnaire survey, we show how structural integrity is not only a question of good engineering, but also a product of organisational processes.
Accidents are, by definition, studied and investigated in retrospect. The investigation and explication of accidents related to the loss of structural integrity is a particularly challenging issue in terms of time, being that the root causes are sometimes introduced decades before the incidents. One example might clarify our point of departure.