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Managing the risks of organizational accidents / James Reason
Bib ID 1758678
Format BookBook
Author
Reason, James
 
Description Aldershot : Ashgate, c1997 
xvii, 252 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 1840141042 (cased) (hardback)
1840141050 (paperback) (pkb)
Summary

Major accidents are rare events due to the many barriers, safeguards, and defenses developed by modern technologies. But they continue to happen with saddening regularity, and their human and financial consequences are all too often catastrophic. One of the challenges facing the next millennium is to develop more effective ways of both understanding and limiting their occurrence. This lucid book presents a set of common principles to further our knowledge of the causes of major accidents in a wide variety of high technology systems. It also describes tools and techniques for managing the risks of such organizational accidents that go beyond those currently available to system managers and safety professionals. The author deals comprehensively with the prevention of major accidents arising from human and organizational causes. He argues that the same general principles and management techniques are appropriate for many different domains. These include banks and insurance companies just as much as nuclear power plants, oil exploration and production companies, chemical process installations, and air, sea, and rail transport.

Full contents
  • 1. Hazards, Defences and Losses
  • 2. Defeating the Defences
  • 3. Dangerous Defences
  • 4. The Human Contribution
  • 5. Maintenance can Seriously Damage your System
  • 6. Navigating the Safety Space
  • 7. A Practical Guide to Error Management
  • 8. The Regulator's Unhappy Lot
  • 9. Engineering a Safety Culture
  • 10. Reconciling the Different Approaches to Safety Management.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Industrial accidents.  |  Risk assessment.

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