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Normal accidents

Author: Charles Perrow
Publisher: Princeton (NJ) : Princeton university press, cop. 1999.
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Analyzes the social side of technological risk. This book argues that the conventional engineering approach to ensuring safety - building in more warnings and safeguards - fails because systems  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Perrow
ISBN: 0691004129 9780691004129
OCLC Number: 496181815
Description: 1 vol. (X-451 p.) : couv. ill. en coul. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Abnormal Blessings vii Introduction 3 1. Normal Accident at Three Mile Island 15 2. Nuclear Power as a High-Risk System: Why We Have Not Had More TMIs--But Will Soon 32 3. Complexity, Coupling, and Catastrophe 62 4. Petrochemical Plants 101 5. Aircraft and Airways 123 6. Marine Accidents 170 7. Earthbound Systems: Dams, Quakes, Mines, and Lakes 232 8. Exotics: Space, Weapons, and DNA 256 9. Living with High-Risk Systems 304 Afterword 353 Postscript: The Y2K Problem 388 List of Acronyms 413 Notes 415 Bibliography 426 Index 441
Responsibility: Charles Perrow.

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"[Normal Accidents is] a penetrating study of catastrophes and near catastrophes in several high-risk industries. Mr. Perrow ... writes lucidly and makes it clear that 'normal' accidents are the Read more...

 
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