Episode 56 – Underwater Tunnels

This episode is about underwater tunnel floods, or, more precisely, the lack of such accidents. Are tunnels really that safe? Why?
After failing to find any examples of underwater tunnel disasters, the episode also covers the Black Market Express, and the Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire.

 

Episode 55 – Longford

After both technical and production difficulties, DisasterCast is returning on a regular schedule. This episode discusses the Longford Gas Plant disaster that killed two people and cut gas supplies to Victoria for over two weeks. The episode has a particular focus on Andrew Hopkin’s book, “Lessons from Longford”, and discusses the limits of hindsight for drawing conclusions about how to create better foresight.

Thanks to Faith Valencia for facilitating access to the Nathan radio studio for more reliable and better audio production of DisasterCast.

 

Episode 53 – Interlocks and Quintinshill

This episode discusses interlocks in general, and also the application of interlocks to train safety. Britain’s worst rail disaster, Quintinshill, is used to illustrate a common pattern in blaming lack of human vigilance and slow adoption of technology for the same accidents.

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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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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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