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.
In this episode I discuss some of the people who’ve helped shape my own thinking on safety research. The second part of the episode is all about mixing things together to create explosions. There is a hydrogen/oxygen explosion, a water/molten iron detonation, and an AZDL / Persulphate blast.
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This episode covers an Iranian military transported downed by lightning, the Milford Haven Texaco Refinery explosion, and the dangers of blasphemy on a golf course. Lightning alone is seldom enough to cause a major disaster, but it creates a system disturbance putting resilience to the test. This episode also asks why there are so many different names for safety practitioners, and yet again plugs the Graduate Certificate in Safety Leadership from Griffith University.
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