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A show about engineering failures and disasters. We examine the technical, human and organisational causes of failure, and explore why our decision-making is not nearly as rational as we’d like to think.

Brady Heywood Podcast Sean Brady

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    • 4.9 • 80 Ratings

A show about engineering failures and disasters. We examine the technical, human and organisational causes of failure, and explore why our decision-making is not nearly as rational as we’d like to think.

    Miami Bridge Failure - Part 1

    Miami Bridge Failure - Part 1

    Today's episode is the first of a three-part series about the 2018 collapse of the Florida International University pedestrian bridge in Miami, Florida.

    In this part, you'll hear how the signals which could have prevented the collapse of the bridge were ignored, leading to the deaths of six people.

    You'll also hear how the checks and balances put in place to identify these bad decisions failed. And how this bridge gave warning sign after warning sign that something was wrong, but the parties involved did little to act.

    The more you hear about what happened, the harder you'll find it to understand why it happened.

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    • 25 min
    The Brady Review

    The Brady Review

    Today's episode is a little different. It explores 'The Brady Review', a report Brady Heywood undertook on the mining and quarrying industry in Queensland, Australia.

    From January 2000 until the end of July 2019, 47 people lost their lives in the mining and quarrying industry in Queensland, Australia. That's an average of 2.4 fatalities per year, or 12 fatalities in any five year period.

    What's causing these fatalities? Is it that the mining industry is inherently hazardous? Or is it bad luck or human error?

     

    Resources and links:
    The Brady Review report
    Rethinking Safety podcast
    Causal Diagram example

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    • 20 min
    The Pike River Mine Disaster - Part 3

    The Pike River Mine Disaster - Part 3

    CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains vivid descriptions of how the miners, who lost their lives in the disaster, died. Listener discretion is advised.

     

    In this final episode of our three-part series on the Pike River Mine disaster, we bring the story to a close.

    We examine what took place on the day of the disaster, 19 November, 2010.

     

    Resources and links:
    Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy

     

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    • 34 min
    The Pike River Mine Disaster - Part 2

    The Pike River Mine Disaster - Part 2

    In part one of this three-part series on the Pike River mine disaster, you heard what took place in the minutes, hours and days following the methane explosion at the mine.

    In this episode, we’ll step back and look at the history of the mine. You’ll hear how the factors that led to the explosion didn't suddenly present themselves on 19 November 2010. Instead, they had been building up over the months and years earlier.

     

    Resources and links:
    Royal Commission on the Pike River Coal Mine Tragedy

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    • 26 min
    The Pike River Mine Disaster - Part 1

    The Pike River Mine Disaster - Part 1

    CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains vivid descriptions of the moments that the disaster occurred. Listener discretion is advised.

     

    On the 19th of November 2010, New Zealand experienced one of its worst mining disasters when there was an explosion deep within the Pike River coal mine.

    Today’s episode is the first of a three-part series about the disaster. In this part, you’ll hear about the immediate events that initiated the tragedy from the perspective of the people on the ground and in the mine.

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    • 26 min
    The 1976 Montreal Olympics Financial Debacle

    The 1976 Montreal Olympics Financial Debacle

    It's 1970, and the mayor of Montreal, Jean Drapeau, declares that the 1976 Montreal Games will be self-financing. 

    In his view, these games can no more have a deficit "...than a man can have a baby". In fact, he thinks the real problem will be in determining how to spend the surplus. But over the coming years, all this optimism will evaporate, and the games will become a financial disaster. 

    This project had everything: poor planning, fraudulent practice and corruption. And it shows what happens when architectural and financial free-reign combine with political ambition and immovable deadlines.

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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

Micksweet ,

My absolute favorite podcast

Fascinating material. Captivating storytelling. Cannot recommend this podcast highly enough. The Apollo 13 series is especially amazing.

Alissa Mogh ,

I’d listen to a new episode every day...

... but I’m glad there aren’t enough catastrophic failures to produce that many episodes.

This is one of my absolute favorite podcasts. They do an excellent job breaking down complicated engineering concepts into digestible audio narratives with the right balance of detail and clarity.

Quibblicious ,

A genuine treasure...

The individual episodes are excellent and range from geeky to sweeping.

The Apollo XIII series is amazing and worthy of any accolades and awards.

I know the story, I’ve read the books, and the way that the story is told here gave me new insights, pulled me along with perfect tension and engagement, and left me with tears of joy in my eyes.

This is on par with Dan Carlin’s Hardcore history. Subscribe. Listen. Enjoy.

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