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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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Tony Boyle
General Health and Safety
February 15, 2018

Meet the Expert: Tony Boyle

Tony boyle has published around 50 papers, articles and book chapters and he is the author of the ‘standard’ text on health and safety risk management, published by Routledge. Tony has worked on a number of expert witness reports, including the Potters Bar derailment. He is currently working with a major multi-national client helping them improve the way the audit and measure safety…
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General Health and SafetyRiskSafety Culture
February 8, 2018

Morecambe Bay and modern slavery

February the sixth is the fourteenth anniversary of the Morecambe Bay disaster where at least 21 illegal Chinese immigrants were drowned - it is thought that some bodies were not recovered. They were picking cockles on Warton Sands when they were overtaken by the incoming evening tide. The tide comes in very rapidly on this stretch of the coast and…
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DocumentationGeneral Health and Safety
February 1, 2018

ISO 45001 Final Draft International Standard

In the first quarter of 2016 I wrote a series of blogs  setting out my views on various aspects of the Draft International Standard of ISO 45001. Since then a second Draft International Standard has been published and this made a large number of changes, However, the second Draft International Standard was replaced by a Final Draft International Standard late in…
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General Health and Safety
January 25, 2018

Meet the expert: Andrew Hale

Professor Andrew Hale was one of the founding members of Hastam and is considered an expert in the world of safety. He is co-author of 6 books and has over another 350 publications to his name, 125 in refereed journals. He was, for 20 years, editor of the refereed journal ‘Safety Science’. As part of our meet the expert series, Andrew…
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General Health and SafetyUncategorized
January 15, 2018

What is the contemporary relevance of historical bad events?

If a builder constructs a house for a man but does not make his work strong with the result that the house collapses and so causes the death of the owner, the builder shall be put to death. (Hammurabi, Emperor of Babylon, circa 1760 BCE) Readers of our Hastam blogs may think that we focus too often on ‘historical’ bad…
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General Health and Safety
January 11, 2018

Active Safety Management and Leadership Training

The Problem Over the past couple of years we have had clients from very different industry backgrounds approach us for help with health and safety training for their various levels of management.  There were common factors with the issues they each faced.  They all had access to the usual generic safety management training courses.  However, precisely because they were generic…
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General Health and Safety
December 21, 2017

Christmas Calamities

Christmas is a time of year when we deliberately increase the fire loading in our living rooms.  Many people use a natural solution comprising a tree with many finely divided combustible components (such as needles – more on them below).  A bonfire is then built underneath it, sometimes incorporating containers of malt flammable liquids (at least that’s what I like…
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