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Ten Pathways to Death and Disaster

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781862879775
Author(s): Michael Quinlan
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2014
Publisher: Federation Press
Dimensions: 156 x 0 x 234 (w x l x h)
Pages: 272

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Why do mine disasters continue to occur in wealthy countries when major mine hazards have been known for over 200 years and subject to regulation for well over a century? What lessons can be drawn from these disasters and are mine operators, regulators and others drawing the correct conclusions from such events? Why is mining significantly safer in some countries than in others? Are the underlying causes of disasters substantially different from those that result in one or two fatalities? This book seeks to answer these questions by systematically analysing mine disasters and fatal incidents in five countries (Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the USA) since 1992. It finds that there are 10 pattern causes which repeatedly recur in these incidents, namely: engineering, design and maintenance flaws, failure to heed warning signs, flaws in risk assessment, flaws in management systems, flaws in system auditing, economic/reward pressures compromising safety, failures in regulatory oversight, worker/supervisor concerns that were ignored, poor worker/management communication and trust, and flaws in emergency and rescue procedures.
The vast majority of incidents entailed at least three of these pattern causes and many exhibited five or more. The book also demonstrates these pattern deficiencies are not confined to mining but can be identified in other workplace disasters including aircraft crashes, oil-rig explosions, refin
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