In many ways like a chain fail, but which tends to propagate down a line like a domino effect. That is, if when A fails then B fails, and when B fails then C fails, then if A fails, C fails.
Because Adam didn't fill the car up with gas, his girlfriend, Becka couldn't get to work on time. Because Becka couldn't get to work, she could not add the sales figures to Craig's presentation. Because Craig did not have the sales figures, the client fired Craig. Craig, in turn, reported Becka's habitual tardiness to management, which got her fired. Because she was fired due to Adam's lack of forethought, she subsequently dumped him.
Since when Adam failed, Becka failed; and when Becka failed, Craig failed, Adam created a transitive fail.