Ebook: Major Incidents in the Process and Energy Industries
This ebook describes some of the major incidents that have occurred in the process and energy industries during the last 150 years. The incidents were selected because "they changed everything". The following quotation to do with the sinking of the Titanic, could be made about any of the events listed here.
The Titanic disaster suddenly ripped away the blindfolds and changed dozens of attitudes, practices, and standards almost literally overnight.
Two of the events referenced - The Great Eastern and Blackbeard - are actually non-events in that nothing actually happened. But the reasons for the absence of an incident provide valuable learnings.
The discussion for most of the incidents is divided into three sections:
There are, of course, many other incidents that could have been selected - unfortunately there is no shortage of instructive events, large and small. For example, the following did not make the cut:
The specific industry in which the event occurred is not generally all that important. The causes of these incidents and the development of management systems to address them do not vary all that much from industry to industry. For example those working in the process industries can learn a good deal from the incidents to do with the largest ships of their time, the Great Eastern (1862) and Titanic (1912). Both ships were "unsinkable". One of them stayed afloat in spite of suffering major damage; the other sank even though the damage that she sustained was much, much less. Similarly, many of the risk analysis and management techniques that are now in use were first developed in the military and the nuclear power industry.
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At our Process Risk and Reliability Management blog site and at our Safety Moments site (here is an example) we often discuss the lessons to be learned from major incidents. Feel free to join in the discussion.
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