Disastrous Decisions: The Human and Organisational Causes of the Gulf of Mexico Blowout

Discover what disastrous decisions caused the Macondo blowout and why, in the latest of several safety books by Professor Hopkins.

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Making Professor Andrew Hopkins two most recent books, Failure to Learn and Disastrous Decisions available to all our employees at Spectra Energy as eBooks will help raise awareness about process safety management and build our positive process safety culture. Employees from CEO to frontline workers will learn how decisions they make, and actions they take every day, can have potentially catastrophic consequences. Most importantly, reading these books will help our employees understand how to avoid making the same mistakes as those that contributed to both the BP Texas City and the Macondo well explosions.
— Steven Lyth, Process Safety Manager, Spectra Energy

In the latest of his safety books - Disastrous Decisions: The Human and Organisational Causes of the Gulf of Mexico Blowout – leading disaster analyst, Professor Andrew Hopkins, takes the reader into the realm of human and organisational factors that contributed to this disaster, going beyond all previous commentary on this topic. He acknowledges that it is important to know what people did, but even more important to know why they did it.

On 20 April 2010, a huge floating drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon, had just completed drilling an ultra-deep well in the Gulf of Mexico when it suffered a blowout. The subsequent explosions and fire led to the loss of 11 lives, the sinking of the rig, and untold damage to the environment and to the livelihood of Gulf residents.

The production, Macondo Blowout: Human and Organisational Causes, is available on DVD.

The decision-makers invariably thought they were doing the right thing, when in fact their decisions were taking them, a step at a time on a path to disaster. This safety book, therefore, attempts to “get inside the heads” of decision-makers and understand how they themselves understood the situations they were in. It also seeks to discover what it was in their organisational environment that encouraged them to think and act as they did.

Hopkins provides a sophisticated analysis of the accident in this latest of his safety books, that first identifies a series of critical defences that failed and then goes on to explain why they failed. Disastrous Decisions: The Human and Organisational Causes of the Gulf of Mexico Blowout is an essential reference for all work, health and safety professionals.

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