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Case Studies

International case studies that demonstrate the need for confidential reporting

The case studies presented here draw from real-life accidents in a broad spread of industries in the last few years – for example, oil and gas, and the nuclear industry. They are topical, and there are plenty of safety lessons to learn, lessons which can be applied wherever safety is of paramount importance. The emphasis is on sharing, learning and possible prevention, aligning with CIRAS’s stated purpose to provide an early warning system. The question of how confidential reporting may have helped avert loss of life, environmental damage and reputational damage, is the underlying theme that links these case studies together.

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Santiago de Compostela

Was human error really to blame for 2013 Spanish rail crash which killed 80 people?

On 24 July 2013, a high-speed train travelling at around 190km/h, on its way from Madrid to Ferrol, derailed on a sharp curve three miles from Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.

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Managing fatigue

Chris Langer explains why the effective management of fatigue is so important.

There’s no blood test for it. You can’t be breathalysed for it. But the effects of fatigue on our ability to remain alert and do our jobs properly compare with those of alcohol.

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Deepwater horizon

Could Environmental Catastrophe have been Averted by Confidential Reporting?

Eleven lives lost. Five millions barrels of oil spilled into the sea. $27 billion spent so far by BP in fines, economic claims, disaster response efforts, and clean-up and restoration programs.

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