Root Cause Analysis Templates and Examples

The following root cause analysis (RCA) templates and examples are provided to inspire RCA program champions and facilitators' ability to thoroughly pinpoint causes, organize them in a logical fashion, and identify effective solutions.

These examples are based on real situations and have been altered slightly to protect confidentiality and anonymity. We employed the Sologic® RCA method and Causelink® RCA software to create these examples.

Safety Examples

  PDF icon Dust Explosion
  PDF icon Near-Miss Asphalt Drop

Quality Examples

  PDF icon Customer Perception of Quality Problem
  PDF icon Pipeline weld non-conformance 

Reliability Examples

  PDF icon Unplanned downtime, lost profit: Slurry Pump Seal Leakage
  PDF icon Customer Perception of Quality Problem
  PDF icon Manufacturing Non-Conformance

IT Examples

  PDF icon Online Learning Course Completion Status Not Saved
  PDF icon Loss of Productivity - Virus Software
  PDF icon IT - Customer Complaints
  PDF icon Project Management: Delivered Late, Over Budget, Profit Lost
  PDF icon Shipments Missed - Supply Chain Problems

Production Examples

  PDF icon Unplanned Shutdown of Plastics Production Line

Environmental Examples

  PDF icon Multiple Leaks in Newly Installed Pipeline
  PDF icon Unplanned downtime, lost profit: Slurry Pump Seal Leakage 

Healthcare Examples

  PDF icon Clinical Healthcare
  PDF icon Healthcare Crisis

Contact us if you would like to see an example problem in your industry or if you have a unique problem that you would like to share.