Management Oversight and Risk Tree (MORT) 2-Day Workshop

The Management Oversight and Risk Tree (MORT) 2-Day Workshop provides participants familiar with root cause analysis techniques an in depth understanding of the implementation of the Management Oversight and Risk Tree analytical technique. A case study exercise is used to allow participants to implement MORT to further enhance their understanding of the technique. It includes 16 hours of hands-on training.


Introductions: Introduction of the participants and instructor(s).

Introduction to the workshop: concepts, methods, exercises, outcomes, and expectations with emphasis on work related to root cause and corrective action applications.

Model Program for Root Cause Analysis: Presentation of the criteria and features of a state-of-the-art root cause analysis program.

Traditional Root Cause Analysis Techniques Review: Review of common root cause analysis techniques, their strengths, and common applications.

Introduction to MORT: Presentation of the Management Oversight and Risk Tree, its history, development, and applications.

Preliminary Ideas: Discussion of ideas to enhance the understanding of MORT: risk, tree structure, oversight vs. risk, conventions, time universal application, and data administration needed for source referencing the analysis.

MORT Analysis: Specific Control Factors: Discussion, application, and exercises on amelioration; H-B-T (accident); technical information; facility functional operability, maintenance; inspection; supervision; human error; and higher supervision services.

Day 1 Workshop Activities:


MORT Analysis: Management System Factors: Discussion, application, and exercises on policy, implementation of policy; risk assessment system; concepts and requirements; design and development plan; human factors review; and program review.

MORT Analysis: Safety Culture: Discussion of evaluating impacts of Safety Culture using the MORT traits and attributes.

Determining Causes and Developing Corrective Actions from MORT: Discussion on discovering patterns, drawing, and supporting conclusions –writing MORT-based cause statements and preliminary defendable ‘units. Also, includes designing an effectiveness review plan.

Day 2 Workshop Activities:
Comments, Questions, Course Evaluation and Participant Feedback Successful completion of this training gives 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEU).

Teaching Approach

Instruction for these classes will be presented by standard lecture methods in a typical classroom setting (or using a remote live online platform if preferred by the client) and will include hands-on workshop activities. Lectures will include audio/visual media. During the course, the participants will be assigned to teams of 3-5 people. They will conduct a simulated investigation of an incident/accident appropriate for the client. Each team will complete a MORT analysis during the workshop. Course trainers provide continuous mentoring and evaluations of each student’s and each group’s work. Instructor comments will be provided to the class participants on an ongoing basis throughout the course. For the final examination, each team will make a final oral presentation of the results of their investigation with instructor critique and comment.

Training Materials

Training Course materials will be provided to each participant. These materials include the training course manual, case study and supporting documents. The training materials will also include Conger & Elsea’s Mishap Analysis & Prevention System (MAPS)® Software which includes digital tools to facilitate the performance and documentation of causal analysis including Events and Causal Factors, Change Analysis, Hazard-Barrier-Target Analysis, Fault Tree Analysis, Management Oversight and Risk Tree (MORT) Analysis, and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis. All training materials are proprietary and the property of Conger & Elsea, Inc.