Explosion in a Tunnel; Understanding Swiss Cheese

Talk by Oliver Trojak ⚠️

Sunday from 3:40 PM - 4:20 PM in Stage A

This talk has the following content notes:
Discussion of the accident involves descriptions of death and some specific details may be distressing. No gory photographs are included.

The talk takes a deep-dive into the Abbeystead explosion (using pretty much all available sources available on the subject), one of the worst civil engineering disasters in post-war history, through the lens of the HSE investigation. It looks at what the project was for, dow it was designed, what went wrong, and why. The swiss cheese is a way of conceptualizing accidents, and the explosion is used so show how this works. Hopefully by the end, everyone will have heard about a facinating case study in bad project management, weird critical infrastructure, and have recieved a safety talk by stealth.

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