This is the third episode of Ron Gantt’s “Two Cents Worth of Safety”. Ron discusses the use of safety slogans, in particular the hidden messages behind the overused “Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility”.
This episode takes a new look at the really big safety question – “Why do accidents happen?” We discuss how different answers to this question lead to different approaches to safety, where common language hides fundamental differences in safety thought and technique.
This is the second “Two Cents Worth of Safety” by Ron Gantt. Regular DisasterCast has been slightly delayed, and will be back next week. In this episode Ron describes Behavioural Observation programs, along with their benefits and drawbacks.
This is the first episode of “Two Cents Worth of Safety”, which will interleave with the regular DisasterCast episodes. In this installment Ron explains how looking backward we see a whole lot more change in our lives than looking forward, and describes his own changing understanding of safety.
This is an episode about large piles falling over. We start with the physics of sandcastles, and move quickly to the coal tip at Aberfan. This leads further to discussing hindsight explanations for accidents. The episode also includes a brief review of John Templer’s “The Staircase”.
The NTSB has released a report examining common organisational factors in five accidents on Metro North Railroad in and around New York. Do five accidents in a short space of time indicate an unusual safety problem? Are there useful lessons to be learned beyond examining each accident in isolation?
After a brief hiatus, DisasterCast returns with Episode 47. In this episode we ask what it means for something to cause something else, and explain why the answer is not as simple as it sounds. We then apply this to the Apollo 1 fire.
This episode returns to the language of safety. As an illustration the 2013 incident involving a lithium-ion battery fire on a Boeing 787-8 is discussed.
Episode 45 of DisasterCast tries something a little different. This episode has three different stories of exactly the same accident – the deaths of 13 firefighters in the Rocky Mountains.
This episode is about single points of failure, common cause failures, and the Hinsdale Central Office Fire.