Causality

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73 iTunes Ratings (4.9 Av)
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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: 19 hours, 14 minutes and 28 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!

AaronBman88
A True Favorite

I discovered this podcast in a roundabout way investigating Chernobyl & Fukushima. John Chigdey is a passionate genius, I love his delivery, knowledge and analysis. I have never heard of many of these incidents (NOT ACCIDENTS!). It's tragic how these mistakes pile up on each other until the inevtiable happens. Everything seems so safe and reliable until it doesn't. Even if you're not an engineer or a scientist this is a must listen series. I listened to them all pretty much straight in a row. There are lessons here applicable to just about every part of life.

Sheldon Porcina
Love it

A wonderful podcast. Loving it!

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.

PlanetBeef
One of the most interesting podcasts

Fascinating take on the world.

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.

Rickey Smithers
One of those Exceptional Podcasts

This is one of the few podcasts where the podcaster understands what the word thorough means. No useless information is ever added. The subjects are interesting, heavy, and important. Sometimes it is dry, in the sense he is not making jokes, but that is a positive thing for this podcast but does mean it is not always the most accessible. I’m sure the podcaster knows this as he (to my glee) includes undiluted technical information to help explain the event.

cmdlvd
Dreamy narrator

This is a great podcast for me when I need a break from true crime. He talks about cataclysmic events not simply for the morbid entertainment, but to think about the “HOW” and “WHY” factors from the perspective of an engineer. Also, the dreamy Australian voice and calming tone of the narrator is everything. It’s oddly a compliment, but when I need to fall asleep to something that won’t give me nightmares in the way many others of the same genre might— he’s my guy!

kysciguy
Great podcast!

As a teacher, I’ve found this podcast extremely valuable in learning great examples of why physics is important in our daily lives. He’s done a wonderful job in the recap of events and then the breakdown of where things went wrong. I highly recommend this podcast!

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

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 35: San Bruno

27 July, 2020

A modification made in 1956 to a pipeline built in the 1940s would ultimately fail costing 8 people their lives in 2010. We look at what went wrong with PG&Es gas pipeline in San Bruno, California.

With John Chidgey.

Episode Silver Producers: Mitch Biegler, John Whitlow, Joseph Antonio, Kevin Koch, Oliver Steele and Shane O'Neill.
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.
In Causality Explored, (Premium ONLY) it was quite fortuitous that Flight 1549 was outfitted for EOW Operations (Extended Over-Water) and we look into just HOW lucky it was, and why many airlines in the USA don't equip their aircrafts with this additional lifesaving equipment.

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, John Whitlow and Joseph Antonio.
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'.