Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents

Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents


By (author) James Reason

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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 20mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 15 December 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 1840141050
  • ISBN 13: 9781840141054
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 10 line figures, 30 shaded figures
  • Sales rank: 32,733

Product description

Major accidents are rare events due to the many barriers, safeguards and defences developed by modern technologies. But they continue to happen with saddening regularity and their human and financial consequences are all too often unacceptably catastrophic. One of the greatest challenges we face is to develop more effective ways of both understanding and limiting their occurrence. This lucid book presents a set of common principles to further our knowledge of the causes of major accidents in a wide variety of high-technology systems. It also describes tools and techniques for managing the risks of such organizational accidents that go beyond those currently available to system managers and safety professionals. James Reason deals comprehensively with the prevention of major accidents arising from human and organizational causes. He argues that the same general principles and management techniques are appropriate for many different domains. These include banks and insurance companies just as much as nuclear power plants, oil exploration and production companies, chemical process installations and air, sea and rail transport. Its unique combination of principles and practicalities make this seminal book essential reading for all whose daily business is to manage, audit and regulate hazardous technologies of all kinds. It is relevant to those concerned with understanding and controlling human and organizational factors and will also interest academic readers and those working in industrial and government agencies.

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Author information

James Reason is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Manchester, England. He is consultant to numerous organizations throughout the world, sought after as a keynote speaker at international conferences and author of several renowned books including Human Error (CUP, 1990).

Review quote

'...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

Table of contents

Contents: Hazards, losses and defences; Defeating the defences; Dangerous defences; The human contribution; Maintenance can seriously damage your system; Navigating the safety space; A practical guide to error management; The regulator's unhappy lot; Engineering a safety culture; Reconciling the different approaches to safety management.