Causality

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Causality

Chain of Events. Cause and Effect. We analyse what went right and what went wrong as we discover that many outcomes can be predicted, planned for and even prevented.


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Total Listening Time: 15 hours, 30 minutes and 6 seconds.

Selected iTunes Reviews
MacAdk
Great podcast for safety practitioners and risk managers.

Really enjoy John’s analysis of these famous safety incidents. Lots to learn here!

Sheldon Porcina
Love it

A wonderful podcast. Loving it!

gandtchart
Horrible incidents, but extremely compelling listening

John does a wonderful of walking through and unpicking the incidents discussed. His expertise in control systems and how they factor into unfolding events make this a must listen for anyone with an interest in engineering matters. Keep listening and pay attention.

ALTMKJC
Great!

Thank you this is such a great resource for safety professionals; well researched and easy to listen to.

skylarkishome
Please make more

I enjoy having someone with a more analytical brain talk about what went wrong and why. Too many podcasts focus on the horror of what happened in disasters, as opposed to the causes beneath it. Or they focus on being entertaining and witty. I’d much rather hear someone with a background in science go through cause and effect, and what happens when people and systems fail. For a non scientist such as myself, it’s lovely learning how someone with, I assume, education and training in engineering, perceives man made disaster Great job to everyone involved in this podcast!

interested party ny
How things go wrong

Great analysis of various disasters. Fascinating how greed has become one of the main villians in these disasters.

Levint7012
From a maintenance perspective amazing

I am a maintenance electrician and it is so interesting how incorrect procedures or “tribal learning” leads to dangerous outcomes

vinnievroom
I actually get a bit excited when a new one comes out.

A podcast for those with a brain

SeanJohnWan
Fukushima

Great podcast. Just finished Fukushima and it’s amazing the amount of misinformation put out by other podcasts that talk about this incident. It’s great to get an engineering perspective on what happened. Keep up the great work.

appleseeds11
really interesting

This podcast is awesome. Really interesting details explaining disasters from an engineering point of view.

Drew Stephens
Wonderfully in-depth explanations by an engineer

John explains the causes of disasters in great detail—many of them about incredibly interesting events that I did’t even know about.

PlanetBeef
One of the most interesting podcasts

Fascinating take on the world.

Selected Tweets

Latest Episode

Episode 30: Tim Maia

5 July, 2019

As part of Rio’s preparations for the Olympics in 2016 a cycling pathway was built adjacent to a narrow, congested roadway along a picturesque shoreline. When a section collapsed only months before the opening ceremony killing two people, the world looked on with growing concerns about the imminent Olympics.

With John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen, John Whitlow and Joseph Antonio.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.

In 2009 an AirBus A320 departing LaGuardia Airport in New York suffered a dual engine failure due to a bird strike during takeoff. In a highly improbable event an equally highly improbable landing in the Hudson River shocked and amazed the world. We look at what went right on Flight 1549.

With John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen, John Whitlow and Joseph Antonio.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.


In 1986 an unremarkable building in Singapore collapsed killing dozens of people. We look at how the supervision of the construction and the design itself resulted in a structure that was at best critically stable, and ultimately one that could only ever fail.

With John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen and John Whitlow.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.


Episode 27: Gare De Lyon

5 April, 2019

On the 27th of June, 1988 in central Paris a runaway train collided with a stationary train in Gare De Lyon station, claiming 56 lives and injuring 60 more. Whilst the court found the driver guilty and sent him to jail, was he solely to blame? We look at how poor design decisions made Gare De Lyon inevitable.

With John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen and John Whitlow.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.


Episode 26: Bhopal

8 February, 2019

In December, 1984 in the city of Bhopal in central India, a Union Carbide Pesticide plant would fail and release tonnes of toxic gas into the city, killing thousands of people. It was the worst industrial disaster in human history. We follow the threads and trace back the root causes behind the incident at Bhopal.

With John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen and John Whitlow.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.


In 2010 an Oil Drilling Rig suffered a catastrophic well blowout, killing 11 people, destroying the rig and leading to the worst maritime oil spill in history. It all happened a few hours after the well was declared safe and ready for handover. We look at the human and financial factors that led to the incident at Macondo.

With John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Carsten Hansen and John Whitlow.
Episode Gold Producer: 'r'.