ESRC Learning from Incidents Seminar - Research to Practice

"Keep the system open".

"Immediately close the system".

Two diametrically opposite decisions involving the same equipment with the same potential impact but occurring at different times and with different supervisors and the organisation's staff think they are both correct! Why?

I recently attended the 5th Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) Learning from Incidents seminar which is being managed by Glasgow and Caledonian University and was held at the British Safety Council HQ in London on June 15. The series of seminars are being run to bring specialists from various inter-disciplinary industrial organisations and companies, and academic institutions together with the key aim of improving our ability to learn from incidents.

The seminars are run along the same format each time, key presentations from invited speakers from around Europe are given followed by a discussion period trying to elucidate key points for that theme. All of the seminars will feed into wider research and...

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