Accidents and non-random error propagation
Although accidents are frequently associated with randomness, the impact and effects of accidents are not random. Errors or 'corruptions of intent' generate chains of structured events within the socio-technical system in which they are generated, following the axiom that 'errors make non-random use of the structure of the system in which they occur'. The patterned response is thus constrained by pre-existing features of the system, although the precise form of response will depend upon the relative strengths of the system structure and the disruptive chain. The model of 'socio-technical system structure/error/system intervention' is discussed and illustrated in connection with a fire in a railway sleeping car at Taunton, England, in 1978.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: SRA conference on Utility of Risk Analysis in Decision Making, Laxenburg (AT), Nov. 10-11, 1988
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 34356 ORA
Record Number: 198910133 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
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