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Systems-thinking for Safety

A short introduction to the theory and practice of systems-thinking.

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Simon A Bennett

A manifesto for the systems-thinking-informed approach to incident and accident investigation, this accessible text is aimed at experts and generalists. A Glossary of Terms explains key concepts.

 

The premise is both unoriginal and original. Unoriginal, because it stands on the shoulders of systems-thinking pioneers – Barry Turner, Bruno Latour, Charles Perrow, Erik Hollnagel, Diane Vaughan and other luminaries. Original, because it is populist: The Systems-thinking for Safety series shows how theoretical insights can help make the world a safer place. Potentially, the series as a whole, and this manifesto text, have agency.

 

True to its mission to affect change, the book uses case studies to demonstrate how systems-thinking can help stakeholders learn from incidents, accidents and near-misses. The case studies of, for example, the Piper Alpha and Deepwater Horizon offshore disasters, the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the United States Navy collisions and the Grenfell Tower fire, demonstrate the universal applicability of systems-thinking. The manifesto argues that the systems-thinking informed approach to incident, accident and near-miss investigation, while resource intensive and effortful, produces tangible safety benefits and, by ensuring that «right is done», delivers justice and closure.

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Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available on the Internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de.

A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data:

Names: Bennett, Simon, 1958- author.

Title: Systems-thinking for safety : a short introduction to the theory and practice of systems-thinking / Simon Bennett.

Description: Oxford ; New York : Peter Lang, [2018] | Series: Systems thinking for safety. | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2018058175 | ISBN 9781788743778 (alk. paper)

Subjects: LCSH: Accident investigation. | System theory. | Risk management. | Disasters--Prevention.

Classification: LCC HD7262.25 .B46 2018 | DDC 363.12001/1--dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018058175

Cover design by Peter Lang Ltd.

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