Blog 69 – Process Safety ‘Distant Augmented Reality Training’ (DART)? Bullseye!

  Sunday, August 16, 2020

Cast your mind back to your last training session. Having persuaded your boss to approve, what seemed to her, elevated fees, you took the train after work and checked into a budget limited (poky) downtown hotel. Deciding to forgo breakfast (based on your previous experience of weak coffee, burnt toast and surly waitress), you headed with some trepidation to the session registration. Would you know anyone? What should I say in the inevitable ‘tell us something about yourself’ icebreaker? Would there be team exercises (they were fun last time)? You walk up to the threshold and into the atrium. You immediately spotted Jim, Tony and Liz from the office......Read More

Blog 65 Process Safety: Strength through Satisfaction

  Thursday, January 30, 2020

WSIL TV News recently reported on an unusual road safety initiative. A 16-year-old local girl, Lacy Hood, had been driving in 2015, barely a month after she passed her driving test. She was distracted as she looked down at her phone to send a text and failed to avoid a collision in which she was killed. Her distraught father, Jim Hood, bought Lacy’s truck back from the insurance company to use it as a message to new drivers. More than 4 years later, 1,500 students saw the wrecked truck as part of a traffic safety program in Lacy’s hometown of Marion, Ohio in the US. State Trooper Greg Miller was reported as saying that he ‘hoped .....Read More

Blog 64 - For the want of a nail

  Friday, December 27, 2019

For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe the horse was lost, for want of a horse the knight was lost, for want of a knight the battle was lost, for want of a battle the kingdom was lost. So a kingdom was lost—all for want of a nail.   For a 2019 rewriting of the classic aphorism you could replace ‘nail’ with ‘sensor’ and ‘kingdom’ with ‘Boeing’. On July 20, 2011, American Airlines announced an order for 460 jets including 130 of the recently launched 130 A320neos (new engine option), breaking a monopoly Boeing had enjoyed with the Airline. This appears to have prompted Boeing to s.....Read More

Blog 63 - Negative Externalities in HAZOP

  Friday, November 8, 2019

On the morning of the 25th of September 2019, a heat exchanger on the Esso Longford Gas Plant near Melbourne in Australia, experienced brittle fracture and discharged around 10 tonnes of flammable hydrocarbon vapour to the environment. When the resulting cloud reached a nearby heat source, it ignited, burned back to the exchanger causing a jet fire which lasted 2 days. 2 workers – Peter Wilson and John Lowery – were killed (8 others injured) and Melbourne was deprived of its gas supply for 2 weeks in early spring. The subsequent investigation by the Australian Royal Commission determined that a periodic HAZOP study would likely have identified the .....Read More