Re: [SystemSafety] Alton Towers was HF [No Classification]

From: Peter Bernard Ladkin < >
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:25:25 +0200

On 2016-04-22 17:44 , Barnes, Robert A (NNPPI) wrote:
> It might fulfil the definition of a 'normal accident'

No, it's not a normal accident in the Perrow sense. The post by Carl shows this. In a normal accident, everything goes as planned and specified but something still screws up. If there is a clearly identified violation that is causal then it cannot be a Perrow normal accident.

I guess there is room at the conceptual boundary, where an action that is a Rasmussen "Migration to the Boundary" action is causal. Would this count as a normal accident?

> the limitations of the control system (no absolute determination of train position) will not have helped.

Right. Not determining positional information in a unique way is a factor in many rail accidents. The TransRapid accident in Lathen. Glenbrook. Waterfall. Alton Towers. Of these, Alton is the least bad, by far.

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