Re: [SystemSafety] Hazard analysis and The Vinci Massacre

From: Robert Schaefer < >
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:23:24 -0500

There’s a reality TV show in the U.S. where family members / friends attempt to free other family members/friends held in polygamous cults. The hazard analysis shown by the team prior to extraction beats all "cop" shows because it is closer to real life, i.e. no guns but real concerns about the chance of bodily harm, property laws and kidnapping laws.


>> Hi 
>> Watching the HBO series: True Detectives (season 2, episode 4), it 
>> struck me
>> that the following eight minute scene would be an excellent warmup 
>> for a
>> hazard analysis session. 
>> It depicts a day that starts well but just doesn't pan out the way 
>> our
>> heroes planned.
>> Refer:
>> Pay particular attention to the last minute, beautifully 
>> dramatised as only
>> Hollywood can.
>> And ask yourself, do you ever want to be in that situation because 
>> you
>> didn't put enough time into figuring out what could go wrong and 
>> what you
>> could do about it?

> Taking this scene out of context leaves some questions about what
> they might have done by way of a HAZOP before they began their
> operational task. It appears not to have been adequate enough to the
> task and may have left them to undermanned for carrying out the task.
> They obviously knew there was the potential for being fired upon and
> did not seem to have stopped long enough before proceeding to make
> the necessary observations about the situation before going ahead.
> I dealt with a lot of electrically powered equipment in cabinets and
> even though I always knew there were going to be no exposed
> connections, I always instructed the apprentices I was responsible
> for that when they open the doors they stand back, and have a good
> look around the interior of the cabinet for any problems before they
> approached for the task they were there to undertake.
> Observation is the first thing that you should always use to assess
> whether even the most carefully laid out plan of action is safe to
> proceed with. If you spot an unexpected hazard you should always
> retreat back to safety and sit down and think out how to properly
> mitigate that before you carry on.
> The company I was working for did not castigate anyone who stopped
> a job proceeding if they had concerns over the safety of the situation
> and the culture was accepting of the need to be sure that everyone was
> on-side about the mitigations in place to deal with any hazards identified.
> We even had a form for unexpected hazards identified, during working on
> equipment, that would cause a pause in the work while you resolved how
> to handle them (which then had to be signed off by a supervisor before
> you could proceed). One of the ways we were getting to our "Zero Injured
> Persons" target (and succeeding).
> Regards
> Paul E. Bennett IEng MIET
> Systems Engineer
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