Announcements
July 12, 2018

Dan Terry, Safety Visionary: 8 June 1964 – 9 July 2018

Dan Terry, Safety Visionary: 8 June 1964 - 9 July 2018   It is with great sadness that we announce that we have lost a dear friend and colleague.  Dan Terry was a well-loved member of the Hastam team who joined us in 2011.  He has died at the untimely age of 54 having lived with cancer for many years.…
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General Health and Safety
July 9, 2018

Goal! – What went wrong? What went right?

An example of a risk management approach to football is to consider opposition goal scoring opportunities as hazardous events.  A range of threats have the potential to lead to the hazardous event and there are a range of outcomes that could lead from the hazardous event. The picture below illustrates this using a barrier model (i.e. Bow Tie Analysis) showing…
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Expert Witness
July 5, 2018

Meet the Expert: David Wenham – Expert Witness edition

Doctor David Wenham was appointed a lecturer at Loughborough University in 1990 after working for several years as an HSE inspector. He is currently the Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Occupational Health and Safety Management at Loughborough. His main interests and consultancy work are occupational health and safety law, risk assessment techniques, safety management and safety culture/climate As part…
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General Health and Safety
July 5, 2018

A Vital Lesson from Piper Alpha – ‘Prove It’

The Piper Alpha disaster of 6th July 1988 killed 167 men and seared the memories of all touched by it.  For some it remains a deep emotional wound that may never fully heal.  Learning to live with and learn from grief is part of what it means to be human.  It can be an experience that creates determination and energy…
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General Health and Safety
June 21, 2018

Welcome to Mother Russia!

Three important principles for operational safety are situational awareness, decision making and knowing what to do to prevent and mitigate the risks. Andy Gordon shares his thoughts and experiences of how these principles apply to football fans travelling to the World Cup in Russia. I’ve been a Liverpool fan all my life and have followed them all over the UK and in…
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Safety Culture
June 21, 2018

Why is safety good for business?

Many of the world’s largest and most successful organisations have noticed an interesting fact about the parts of their business or the projects they run that perform the best, they always have an outstanding safety culture and performance. This is not a new idea and has been around for a long time, yet still we find organisations that allow a…
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General Health and Safety
June 7, 2018

Let Hastam help transform the safety performance of your organisation.

At Hastam we want to help organisations transform their safety perfomance. Here are 6 suggestions of ways that we can help you: 1: Upskill the H&S professionals, managers and supervisors in your organisation Training is always key to ensuring that those responsible for safety in the organisation are equipped to do the job. For example, if you had an incident…
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AnnouncementsGeneral Health and Safety
May 31, 2018

Meet the Expert: Paul Haxell

Paul enjoyed a successful career in the Civil Engineering sector of the UK Construction Industry before focusing his attention into the Health Safety and Environment domain of UK business. As part of our meet the expert series Paul Haxell agreed to meet and answer some questions about his experience in the field of Health and Safety Where do you fit…
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Croyden tram crash
General Health and Safety
May 24, 2018

Croydon Tram Crash 2016 pt3

The importance of blame-free confidential reporting, and the role of CIRAS (Richard is an independent member of the Committee that oversees the work of CIRAS.  However the views expressed here, and in Parts 1 and 2, are his own.) Croydon Tram Crash - Part one Croydon Tram Crash - Part two The Rail Accident Investigation Board’s (RAIB’s) Croydon Report "Engine-drivers…
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Croyden tram crash
General Health and Safety
May 17, 2018

Croydon Tram Crash 2016 pt2

This the second of three posts reviewing some of the causal factors of the accident, relying on The Rail Accident Investigation Board’s (RAIB’s) Croydon Report.  The Report is excellent, though I hope that in subsequent RAIB complex reports an ‘Events and Causal Factors Analysis’  (ECFA) is included that provides a ‘map’ of the incident, showing how all parts of the…
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Documentation
May 10, 2018

Audit – Best Practice

In June last year I wrote about the two main types of audit used by health and safety professionals, that is, management system audits and risk based audits. The publication of ISO 45001 earlier this year has prompted me to have another look at management system auditing in the light of this new Standard. My main gripe in this earlier…
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Croyden tram crash
Uncategorized
April 30, 2018

The Croydon – Sandilands junction – Tram crash on 9 November 2016

This is the first blog by Professor Richard Booth who has written a 3 - part series around the Croydon Tram Crash. What caused the tram to overturn leading to seven fatalities?  What were the underlying causes?  What are the general lessons? The Rail Accident Investigation Board (RAIB) Report published in December 2017 goes far to answer these questions. Perhaps…
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