Machinery Safety 101

The “Inconceivable” Consequences of Failure

A colleague of mine pointed me to this interesting article by Donald Christiansen that was published in the August edition of IEEE USA’s Today’s Engineer magazine.
As engineers designing equipment, we normally conduct some form of risk assessment. Although many companies are still using informal and undocumented methods, methodical, documented risk assessments are becoming the norm in industry.

Since understanding the risk related to our designs is fundamental to preventing those risks from occurring, why do we continue to see failures with catastrophic results occur, and why do people in the business seem to have the information necessary to recognize a problem, and then subsequently fail to do what is needed to prevent future occurrences?

Check out Christansen’s article to get an idea…

IEEE-USA Today’s Engineer.

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