Episode 52 – Columbia and Cable Cars

This episode dives into the background of the Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster. It also discusses the aftermath of a US Marine Prowler hitting a cable in the Italian Alps.

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Beyond Unsafe Behaviors

Ron returns to ask the question “Which causes more accidents: unsafe conditions, or unsafe behaviors?” Once he’s finished unpacking the question, you still won’t have an answer, but hopefully you’ll have some better questions to ask.

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Episode 51 – USS Iowa

This episode describes the USS Iowa explosion, the subsequent investigation, and the dangers of hindsight analysis.

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Stop Telling People Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

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”.

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Episode 50 – Why?

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.

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Blindspots of Behavioral Observations

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.

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Growing into Uncertainty

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.

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Episode 49 – Aberfan

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”.

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Episode 48 – Metro North Railroad

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?

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Episode 47 – Apollo 1

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.

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