Those of a certain age will remember the 1985 public information film ‘Get Yourself Seen’. The advert demonstrates different ways to improve the visibility of cyclists – predominantly children – who would have just learned how to ride a bicycle.
This advertisement, with its frantic soundtrack, underlined the importance of being visible to other road users, and preserve personal safety.
Last week, Bill Dawson, Senior Inspector (Ports & Harbours) for the Defence Safety Authority (DSA), wrote about the Applied Marine course (AMAI) that he recently completed at Cranfield – and how a good accident investigation is no accident. If you missed it, make sure you check it out before reading on.
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Bill Dawson, Senior Inspector (Ports & Harbours) for the Defence Safety Authority (DSA), writes about his time at Cranfield University after studying our Fundamentals of Accident Investigation and Applied Marine Accident Investigation short courses.
Find out how he got on, and the areas of the courses he found most interesting and relevant, below.
Cranfield University, Safety and Accident Investigation Centre (CSAIC) has been working closely with national and international state level safety investigation organisations for more than four decades. CSAIC delivered their first course aimed specifically at training Air Accident Investigators in 1977, attracting an international cohort of students that paved the way for the hugely successful accident investigation course.
The following decades (after some very high profile, high impact...
"If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again."*
*Having first conducted a comprehensive safety investigation, which is not carried out to apportion blame or liability but to make evidence-based safety recommendations with the intention of reducing the likelihood of reoccurrence, and in improving overall safety.
The iconic phrase "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again" is attributed to Thomas Palmer from his 1840 book, titled The Teacher’s Manual. The phrase highlights the...
According to a study conducted by Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) in 2007, it was estimated that 27,000 ramp accidents and incidents occurred worldwide every year, resulting in an estimated cost of $5 billion to the airline industry. Initial analyses of the data collected at the time indicated that contact between airplanes and ground-service equipment—baggage loaders, air bridges, catering vehicles, fuel trucks, etc.—accounted for more than 80 per cent of these ramp...
In the study of aircraft safety the behaviour of the aircraft in landing is crucial. If we can gain a better understanding of what happened and why during both normal and abnormal landings, we can identify opportunities for improvement as well as threats to be addressed.
For many people today, air travel is a normal part of everyday life; a hassle at times, perhaps, uncomfortable, maybe, but something we do without much thought. And that’s because the chances of dying or being severely injured in an aircraft accident are remote.
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