Monthly Archives: May 2015

Deconstructing Accidents

Accident assessments consist of examining a series of potential factors and ruling them out, and if not, what role the factor played. It can get complicated. A factor may or may not be the single competent cause of the accident. It may be a contributing factor. It may be dependent or independent. In the immediate […]
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Balancing the Need for Safety with Employees’ Right to Privacy

Consider the following passage: “As investigators and transportation officials try to determine why a [train was traveling at 106 mph before crashing on a curve with a speed limit of 50 mph], the incident has raised questions about how much employers should know about their employees’ mental health.” It appears to be a sound bite […]
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Another Speeding Train Tragedy?

The driver applied the emergency brakes when the train hit 106mph (170km/h) on a 50mph track, said the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). But his efforts had only brought the speed down to 102mph when the deadly crash happened. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32730783 The engineer reportedly has no recollection: “He remembers coming into curve. He remembers attempting to […]
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Disaster Strikes Amtrak Train 188

An Amtrak train, Train 188, a Northeast Regional, “had left Washington, D.C. headed to New York City, derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, mangling the front of it, tearing the cars apart and killing at least five people.” We were just there, President Lenny Davidman and I. Both of us left Washington, […]
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