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Featured RCA Example:  Water Treatment Plant - Sewage Released, Injury

West Point Treatment Plant - Sewage Released, Injury

This is a challenging RCA because so many things happened in a short amount of time.  The system was at capacity when it experienced a few failures that, under normal circumstances, would have been relatively easy to manage.  And although one employee was injured, thankfully no one was killed.  

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* These root cause analysis (RCA) templates and examples are based on real situations and some have been altered slightly to protect confidentiality and anonymity.