AIHce Indianapolis



CR 316
Incubating Accidents: How Management Fails at Safety

Tuesday | 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. |

Management, Safety

Presenters: D. Bryant, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO; J. Hartle, Johnson County Fire Protection District, Warrensburg, MO. Moderator: M. DeVany, DeVany Industrial Consultants, Vancouver, WA.

Organizations and managers act in predictable ways to ignore, downplay, or misinterpret risk, resulting in accidents and man-made disasters. Major accidents and system failures are not caused by unknown technical factors but by managerial decisions made months or years before the event occurs. Case studies of serious accidents will illustrate the managerial failures that undermine safety and allow hazards to incubate. Recognition of these underlying managerial factors will enable professionals to develop effective strategies and prevent disastrous accidents.