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December 13, 2018

Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence – Course Review Dec 2018

On the 5th December, we held our second NEBOSH course ‘Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence.  The course was facilitated by Paul Haxell. NEBOSH and the HSE jointly developed this course and it is designed to support leaders who want to create an organisational culture where health and safety are valued as integral to achieving business and personal success. …
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Croyden tram crash
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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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March 22, 2018

ISO 45001 – at last!

ISO 45001 was published on 12 March. I was beginning to think that I would never be able to type ‘ISO 45001 was published …’ - I seem to have been writing about DISs and DIS2s and FDISs for years. However, it is here now and I would like to bring you up to date with what this will mean…
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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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RiskRisk AssessmentUncategorized
November 23, 2017

An incomplete view

Last week I spent time with an evening shift conducting part of a safety audit.  The following morning, when I opened my hotel room curtains, I saw this car waiting to pulling out into the rush hour traffic.  As you can see, the windscreen had been cleared just enough for the driver to see the road ahead.  This behaviour struck…
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General Health and SafetyUncategorized
January 30, 2017

Canal & River Trust – Case Study

The Canal & River Trust maintains 2,000 miles of canals and rivers together with the associated infrastructure.  The vast majority of the Canal & River Trust is open to visitors and many millions take advantage of this each year. There is a particular issue with Canal & River Trust structures that are operated by members of the public – for…
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General Health and SafetyUncategorized
January 19, 2017

Mission Zero: Useful or Not?

Laing O’Rourke’s announcement that they are moving from their ‘Mission Zero’ target to take up Sidney Dekker’s ‘Safety differently’ approach, with its focus on fatalities and serious injuries and harm, has already produced some sharp reactions, particularly from the construction unions fearful that it could mean a downgrading of attention to other sorts of harm. So what is this all…
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General Health and SafetyUncategorized
January 12, 2017

A Lifetime of Risk: Part 2 – Aston University (The Early Years)

This is the second episode: my first 10 years at Aston University.  It takes me from being a research engineer at MIRA to my appointment as a lecturer in 1972, and within six years, to my surprise, promoted to the Chair in Safety and Hygiene – a name I hated; later renamed ‘Health and Safety’.  At 35 I was far…
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