Macondo Blowout: The Human and Organisational Causes - DVD Version

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Macondo Blowout: The Human and Organisational Causes - DVD Version

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In the Macondo Blowout: Human and Organisational Causes safety training DVD Hopkins analyses the organisational factors that contributed to poor engineering decisions made with all the judgments centered on commercial risk. Little consideration for major hazard risk was taken into account. Why was there no focus on major hazard risk? The distinction between process safety and personal safety that Hopkins makes, answers this question. It is important to understand the human and organisational causes discussed in this program so as to prevent such accidents from occurring.

The program is relevant to process safety management.


At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand how organisational structure may contribute to poor engineering decision making
  • Be aware of major hazard risk indicators
  • Be aware that preoccupation with profit before safety comes at a cost
  • Learn from other incidents
  • Understand defence in depth
  • Be aware of the multi-causal nature of accidents.


  • 40 minute safety training DVD featuring Professor Hopkins
  • CD with supporting material that includes Facilitator notes, Participant Notes and PowerPoint presentations