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: 14 hours and 9 minutes.

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!

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.

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.

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Latest Episode

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 21: Milford Haven

30 April, 2018

A turning point in control systems user interface design and alarm management happened in an unlikely place that few have ever heard of. We look at what went wrong at Milford Haven.

With John Chidgey.


Episode 20: Stava Dam

25 February, 2018

On the 19th of July, 1985 in Tesero, Northern Italy, a tailings dam gave way and killed 268 people. With the most common tailings dam design in the world, what went wrong and how widespread are the risks?

With John Chidgey.


Episode 19: Smiler

23 November, 2017

In 2015 at Alton Towers in the UK, The Smiler Rollercoaster experienced a major incident leading to severe injuries for multiple riders. We look at how pressure to get the ride running again and mis-communication defeated the system designed to protect the riders.

With John Chidgey.


Episode 18: The Fog

15 September, 2017

In 1952 a fog in London left 4,000 dead in just 4 days but many more would die before the causes could be rectified. Worse than that, it had happened before and it’s happening again right now, somewhere else.

With John Chidgey.


On March 28, 1979 Unit 2 of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant in the United States of America an incident would lead to a partial reactor core meltdown. Many blamed the operators for stopping the reactor cooling system but the real root causes showed a known flaw in the design and alarm flooding had blinded the operators to what was actually happening.

With John Chidgey.