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Safety Lessons

This excellent post by Derek Lowe over at the In the Pipeline Blog is a stark reminder that we all work in a dangerous business. The analysis illustrates all of the classical causes of disasters:

  • Complacency- This disaster happened on the 175th run.
  • Ignoring Close Calls- Past close calls were never investigated.
  • Exothermic Reactions- No need to say more.
  • No Redundancy of Critical Systems- At this point in history, having no back-up cooling water is like a theme from a bad movie.
  • Education & Training- Obviously the education and training necessary to safely run this reaction were not present.

Please remember to stay safe.

Nels Hackl

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