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Learning from failures

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Alastair Soane promotes the understanding and importance of learning from failures and the need to keep learning.

Alastair Soane's talk covers:

  • An introduction of the work done by the Standing Committee of Structural Safety (SCOSS) and the Confidential Reporting on Structural Safety (CROSS)
  • Examples of failures and near misses, and how these are handled
  • A brief overview of Grenfell and matters beyond that, namely the Hackitt Report and the Hansford Report
  • What engineers can do to make the process safer for the public and themselves

This video is from our 2018 Risk Management Conference.

Alastair Soane is Director of CROSS.

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