Two problems frequently afflict plant safety efforts. First, engineers repeat mistakes that caused serious accidents at other sites because they never learned or have forgotten the lessons the initial mishap taught, warned the late safety guru Trevor Kletz (see: “Bhopal Leaves a Lasting Legacy.”) Second, even when reviewing past incidents, staff may discount the chance of errors should a similar situation develop at their site. That’s because reviews typically start by presenting the outcome, which often makes the proper steps that should have been taken to prevent the event all too obvious. As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. “This hindsight bias makes it…Full Story
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