Managing Major Hazards: The Lessons of the Moura Mine Disaster (Google eBook)

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Allen & Unwin, Aug 1, 2001 - Business & Economics - 160 pages
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Many organisations live with hazards that have the potential to cause disaster. This was the case at Moura underground coal mine in Central Queensland, where 11 men died in an explosion in 1994.

Andrew Hopkins shows that the explosion was the result of organisational failure, and uses it to draw lessons about managing major hazards. He argues that there are always tell-tale signs of impending disaster, and that organisations need to find ways of gathering this information and reacting to it appropriately. The Moura story also demonstrates the need to move responsibility for risk management up the corporate hierarchy to ensure that it is not overshadowed by production pressures. Otherwise disasters will repeat themselves in horrifyingly similar ways.

Managing Major Hazards is a gripping story and essential reading for occupational health and safety professionals, executives working in hazardous industries, policy makers, and readers interested in risk management and disaster studies.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Perspectives on disaster
10
3 The communication system
23
the need to structure decision making
37
5 The failure of management responsibility
55
6 Auditing
70
7 Was Moura safetyconscious?
80
8 Production before safety?
91
10 The safety pays argument
107
11 The regulatory system
121
12 Conclusion
133
Appendix 1 Company and management hierarchies
142
Appendix 2 Australian mine disasters
143
References
144
Index
148
Back cover
151

9 The role of BHP
98

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About the author (2001)

Andrew Hopkins is senior lecturer in Sociology at the Australian National University and has published extensively in the area of occupational health and safety. He is author of Making Safety Work and co-author of Working for Change.

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