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Chain of Events. Cause and Effect. We analyse what went right and what went wrong as we discover that many outcomes can be predicted, planned for and even prevented.

Chain of Events. Cause and Effect. We analyse what went right and what went wrong as we discover that many outcomes can be predicted, planned for and even prevented.
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Chain of Events. Cause and Effect. We analyse what went right and what went wrong as we discover that many outcomes can be predicted, planned for and even prevented.

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English


Episodes

23: Kipton

8/31/2018
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When two trains collided head on at Kipton, Ohio in 1891, it was a wake up call for the railroad industry in North America whose impacts would be far-reaching and would lead to a new timekeeping standard that was unprecedented.

Duration:00:19:24

22: Chernobyl

7/8/2018
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The largest nuclear incident in human history released an estimated 400 times the radioactive material compared to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It all happened because of a test that was delayed by one shift, or was it the ultimate inevitability of a flawed reactor design?

Duration:00:40:49

21: Milford Haven

4/29/2018
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A turning point in control systems user interface design and alarm management happened in an unlikely place that few have ever heard of. We look at what went wrong at Milford Haven.

Duration:00:35:17

20: Stava Dam

2/24/2018
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On the 19th of July, 1985 in Tesero, Northern Italy, a tailings dam gave way and killed 268 people. With the most common tailings dam design in the world, what went wrong and how widespread are the risks?

Duration:00:21:45

19: Smiler

11/22/2017
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In 2015 at Alton Towers in the UK, The Smiler Rollercoaster experienced a major incident leading to severe injuries for multiple riders. We look at how pressure to get the ride running again and mis-communication defeated the system designed to protect the riders.

Duration:00:20:00

18: The Fog

9/14/2017
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In 1952 a fog in London left 4,000 dead in just 4 days but many more would die before the causes could be rectified. Worse than that, it had happened before and it’s happening again right now, somewhere else.

Duration:00:20:02

17: Three Mile Island

6/2/2017
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On March 28, 1979 Unit 2 of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant in the United States of America an incident would lead to a partial reactor core meltdown. Many blamed the operators for stopping the reactor cooling system but the real root causes showed a known flaw in the design and alarm flooding had blinded the operators to what was actually happening.

Duration:00:45:11

16: Tenerife

3/10/2017
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In 1977 on the small island of Tenerife two 747 Jumbo Jets collided on the runway in poor visibility. A miscommunication clearly occurred, but even today, the same elements still exist and it could happen again.

Duration:00:42:19

15: Sampoong Department Store

1/27/2017
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The Sampoong Department Store in South Korea collapsed in 1995 killing over 500 people. The investigators were shocked to find just how many rules had been broken but the true root cause might have been something more innocuous.

Duration:00:41:26

14: Concorde

12/22/2016
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The Concorde was the first commercially successful supersonic aeroplane that flew for nearly 25 years without a fatality and was considered the safest aeroplane in the world at the time until it crashed. The incident ended the lives of 113 people and it ultimately ended the Concorde itself.

Duration:00:39:36

13: Costa Concordia

11/13/2016
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A near-new modern cruise liner with all the navigational aids and maps struck rocks and sank killing over 30 people and the man most responsible still walks free today.

Duration:00:37:55

12: Mont Blanc Tunnel

9/29/2016
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The Mont Blanc tunnel cut hours off the journey between Italy and France and in 1999 in a fire emergency services were unable to save 38 lives. We look at why.

Duration:00:35:56

11: Flint Michigan

7/3/2016
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For decades Flint Michigan derived safe drinking water from Detroit. When the supply was switched to save money a series of events unfolded and their supply became undrinkable. How could this happen?

Duration:00:42:00

10: The Comet

6/5/2016
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The Comet was the worlds first commercial jet aeroplane and those that flew aboard it formed the so-called JetSet. When they started to crash, the world of aviation changed forever.

Duration:00:45:44

9: Hindenburg

4/27/2016
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The largest airship ever constructed burst into flames when trying to land in 1937 in New Jersey in what has become one of the most striking disasters of modern times.

Duration:00:27:18

8: Challenger

3/10/2016
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The Challenger Space Shuttle was directed to launch on the coldest day on record in Florida and 73 seconds after launch it exploded but the engineers saw it coming.

Duration:00:37:12

7: Piper Alpha

2/11/2016
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The Piper Oil field in the North Sea became the site of one of the worst Offshore Oil Rig disasters in history when Piper Platform Alpha went up in flames.

Duration:00:28:35

6: Amagasaki

1/29/2016
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The Amagasaki rail crash was entirely caused by human error but was it a fear of punishment by the company that was ultimately the cause.

Duration:00:23:06

5: Maccabiah

12/23/2015
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The 15th Maccabiah Games in 1997 had a temporary bridge for the opening ceremony. The world was shocked when it failed and it did so on every level.

Duration:00:22:24

4: Titanic

12/11/2015
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The Titanic famously sank on her maiden voyage with a huge loss of life. No ship is unsinkable.

Duration:00:26:14