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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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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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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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General Health and Safety
April 26, 2018

Meet the Expert: Steve Fletcher

Steve Fletcher is the newest member of the Hastam team, he has in excess of 35 years experience in Leadership and Management, Change Management and Development, Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality (SHEQ) Consultancy and Training, initially in operational and strategic roles and specialising in training and consulting during the last 17 years. As part of our meet the Expert series Steve…
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Richard Booth
General Health and Safety
March 29, 2018

Meet the Expert: Richard Booth

After a mechanical engineering apprenticeship at the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA), Richard Booth was promoted to Research Engineer in 1964 studying vehicle safety and durability. He was appointed as a Lecturer in Safety and Health at Aston University in 1972 and received his Chair in 1978. He was elected Professor Emeritus in 2007. As part of our meet the…
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Richard Booth
Expert WitnessGeneral Health and Safety
March 29, 2018

Meet the Expert: Richard Booth – Expert Witness edition

After a mechanical engineering apprenticeship at the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA), Richard Booth was promoted to Research Engineer in 1964 studying vehicle safety and durability. He was appointed as a Lecturer in Safety and Health at Aston University in 1972 and received his Chair in 1978. He was elected Professor Emeritus in 2007. As part of our meet the…
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General Health and Safety
March 5, 2018

Herald of Free Enterprise accident Zeebrugge

On 6 March 1987 at 18.05 the Roll-on-Roll-off ferry Herald of Free Enterprise left her berth in Zeebrugge bound for Dover. Twenty minutes later she steamed out of the harbour, turned to starboard, rolled over and sank onto her port side in shallow water, leaving the starboard half of her superstructure above water. This meant that only 150 passengers and…
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General Health and Safety
February 22, 2018

Investigation Bias – Backwards or Forwards?

It was good to see Andrew Hale getting a mention in this month’s IOSH magazine.  He is quoted by Bridget Leathley in her article on investigator bias.  This is a helpful reminder that when incidents occur our understanding of what has happened and why can be distorted by thinking short cuts known as biases, or more technically, heuristics.  There are…
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