Archives For Thought for the day

[The designers] had no intention of ignoring the human factor But the technological questions became so overwhelming that they commanded the most attention.

John Fuller, Death by Robot

It is a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one’s safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.

Alan Shepard, Astronaut

[I]t is better to think of a problem of understanding disasters as a ‘socio- technical’ problem with social organization and technical processes interacting to produce the phenomena to be studied.

B.A Turner

Governance is a lot like being a fireman. You’re either checking smoke alarms or out attending a fire.

Matthew Squair

The point of an investigation is not to find where people went wrong; it is to understand why their assessments and actions made sense at the time.

Sidney Dekker

The bond between a man and his profession is similar to that which ties him to his country; it is just as complex, often ambivalent, and in general it is understood completely only when it is broken: by exile or emigration in the case of one’s country, by retirement in the case of a trade or profession.

Primo Levi (1919-87)

Risk managers are the historians of futures that may never be.

Matthew Squair