Associate Professor Geoff Dell

Head of Courses, Transport & Safety Sciences, CQUniversity

Associate Professor Geoff Dell is a safety scientist with over 35 years of safety, accident investigation and risk management experience. Dr. Dell is a former air safety investigator with Trans Australia Airlines, Australian Airlines and Qantas Airways and he has led hundreds of investigations. Since leaving Qantas in the mid 90’s to start a successful consulting business, Protocol Safety Management P/L, he’s conducted safety systems analyses and major investigations in almost all industries including oil and gas, petrochemical, power generation, construction, mining, manufacturing, as well as aviation, road, rail and maritime transport. 

In 2010 Dr. Dell was appointed Associate Professor at CQUniversity Australia where he lead the development of the University’s globally unique Multi-modal Forensic Investigation (Crash) Lab and it’s equally unique Bachelor of Accident Forensics Degree, Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation and Masters of Safety Science with majors in air safety investigation, rail safety investigation, road safety investigation and human factors. Dr. Dell has recently been appointed to Chair the Nauru Airlines Board Safety Sub-committee and he was a Director on the Board of Cobham Aviation Services, Australia’s third largest air carrier, for 10 years to February 2016. Dr Dell has also been the Head of Safety for six consecutive Avalon International Airshows and was safety compliance manager for the 2010, 2011 & 2012 Australian F1 Grand Prix infrastructure projects. 

Cabin Safety Investigations – The Future Needs

In many operators, investigation of cabin safety incidents have historically been focused on the crew performance issues with sometimes superficial analysis of the systems based contributing factors that may have led to errors, omissions and the resulting incidents. As a result, systemic changes resulting from incidents are infrequent. One possible reason for this is that there may be a generally low level of system safety understanding amongst some personnel usually tasked with investigating cabin events, although they may be very familiar with working in the cabin. Conversely, cabin investigations may be conducted by experienced investigators with little or no experience or training in working in the cabin environment. This paper will look at the need to create a new cabin safety investigation training paradigm to create a new generation of cabin safety systems investigators.