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Loss of essential services during a statewide blackout

Although extremely rare, major power blackouts do occur. When they do, it is imperative that there is no loss of essential services. Major power blackouts in advanced economies are extremely rare, but they do occur. In these circumstances it is imperative that essential services continue to operate. However, during the South Australian power blackout on [...]

By |2016-11-01T11:26:39+10:30October 20th, 2016|System Failure, System Safety|0 Comments

Systemic failings end in tragedy

A deadly mistake at a Sydney hospital ended in tragedy after two babies were accidently administered nitrous oxide instead of oxygen. An accident at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital has ended in tragedy leaving one baby dead and another with suspected brain damage. The babies were accidently administered nitrous oxide following an installation bungle, which led to [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:26:13+09:30August 29th, 2016|System Failure, System Safety|5 Comments

Re-emergence of black lung disease after thirty years

Black lung is an insidious but entirely preventable occupational lung disease. It was thought to have been eradicated in Australia but it has now reappeared with several cases being reported. Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis or black lung was thought to have been eradicated but it reappeared when four Queensland coalminers were diagnosed with the disease [...]

By |2018-05-03T15:22:16+09:30May 24th, 2016|System Failure, System Safety|1 Comment