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Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents Paperback – December 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-1840141054 ISBN-10: 1840141050 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Company; 1 edition (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840141050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840141054
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...To call James Reason's Managing the Risk of Organizational Accidents an important book would be an understatement, especially to those interested in getting to the root cause of major disasters.' --Incose Insight

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mr Eddie Foo on July 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Professor James Reason of Manchester University, is a giant in dealing with the human error. His famous book "HUMAN ERROR", first published in 1990, was an instant hit with the safety professionals and until today, remains an authoritative reference for anyone who wants to know more about human errors and human failings.
In 1997, Reason published yet another hit - "MANAGING THE RISKS OF ORGANIZATIONAL ACCIDENTS". This book, as Reason puts it, ... aimed at the "real people" and especially those whose daily business is to think about, and manage or regulate, the risk of hazardous technologies - like commercial aviation - our business.
Yes, this book is meant for the bosses, the Chairman, the CEO, all the Presidents, Executive Vice Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents and last but not least --- (if you are in the air transport business) --- the pilots in the flight deck - as the "Sharp End Operators" and the "Last Line Defenders" to fight against of all the possible latent errors and threats made long before we step into the flightdeck, but expect us to put a stop to any possible mishap from happening when the situation arises!
Professor Reason uses his now popular "Swiss Cheese" Model of Defence to explain the nature of those "latent threats" or "latent errors" lurking in our air transport organization (and others), waiting to spring on us when the time and opportunity present themselves.
Reason argues that highly hazardous technological industry like the air transport industry, (nuclear and chemical plants as well etc.) are usually protected with layers of strong defences..
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jim Gallman (jgallma1@tuelectric.com) on June 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book examines the issues involved in managing safety in complex technologies such as aviation, chemical process plants, and nuclear power. Mr. Reason leads the reader through the complex web of forces which interact to shape human performance. He builds on his earlier works, such as Human Error, to produce a comprehensive examination of difficulties in managing human performance. This book is a "must have" if you are seeking to understand human performance management or reducing human error.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
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This book is a must for anyone who is interested in understanding the organizational factors involved in accidents. It presents a clear picture of what the basic issue is with safety. It helps significantly in the understanding of what must be done in order to manage safety appropriatley. It presents principles that are applicable to all type of industries. I think the fact that an effective book on safety can be written by a psychologist emphasises the role people play in the safety process.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A novice in this area, I found this book easy to read and very enlightening. The challenge for automation engineers, designers and safety professionals is not what needs to be done, but how to translate these concepts into your company's culture.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elijah Chingosho on May 5, 2007
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This is a landmark book by the renowned expert and guru on human error, Professor James Reason. The author methodically, step-by-step, explains how the various defenses erected to prevent accidents can be breached in the highly technologically advanced and hazardous industries. Using the famous "Swiss Cheese" model to illustrate his point, he outlines how latent defects can conspire with active failures to result in accidents. Professor Reason's arguments, proposals and conclusions are persuasive and logical and are presented in an easy to follow and understand format.

According to Reason, error management includes measure to reduce the error susceptibility of particular tasks or task elements; determine, assess and then remove error-producing factors within the workplace; identify organisational issues that generate error-producing factors within the individual, the team, the task or the workplace; improve error detection; increase the error tolerance of the workplace or system; make latent conditions more visible to those who operate and manage the system; improve the organisation's intrinsic resistance to human fallibility.

It is important that organisations balance profit and costs, and try to ensure that the defences which are put in place are the most cost-effective in terms of trapping errors and preventing catastrophic outcomes.
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By PB on August 19, 2013
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This book was really useful for a decision analysis course. Interesting examples in the book. I would recommend this for working professionals that are interested in mitigating risks, students that are taking a decision analysis, risk management, project management, engineering ethics or other related courses, or for general readers who just want to understand what events or factors lead to organizational accidents.
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By Doug D. Johnson on October 29, 2012
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This book does an excellent job in describing the challenges in designing managerial systems to prevent accidents in extremely complex engineering projects.

If that sounds dry it is although I have I tolerance for this type of writing, the average reader may not.

The book gives a variety of examples of complex engineering failures and how they happened.

The author also goes into great detail as to how these failures occur despite the best efforts of engineers to prevent them.

Like another reader I found it disturbing that the author did not offer any advice about how to prevent these type of accidents so I came up with my own: if the potential for an accident seems almost inevitable, then in those cases that the consequences of an accident are to horrible to contemplate .. . don't build them.

That in my mind does not bode well for nuclear power.
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