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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

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 87 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 3

    Miami Bridge Failure - Part 3

    In today's episode, we bring to a close our three-part series on the collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Miami, Florida, in 2018.

    In part one, you heard about the cracks in the bridge and how nothing was done about them. And in part two, you heard about the serious errors that were made in the bridge's design.

    In this episode, we take a deep dive into two unanswered questions from this failure: just why did everyone ignore the cracks in the bridge; and why did a rigorous checking process not identify the errors in the bridge's design?

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    • 32 min
    Miami Bridge Failure - Part 2

    Miami Bridge Failure - Part 2

    Today's episode is the second of a three-part series on the 2018 collapse of the International University Pedestrian Bridge in Miami, Florida.

    In our last episode, you heard how a pedestrian bridge under construction at the Florida International University collapsed in 2018 and killed six people. While many things came together to cause the collapse of this structure, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) identified some serious errors in the design of the bridge.

    In this episode, we take a deep dive into these serious design errors as we attempt to understand why this tragedy occurred.

    Resources and links:
    NTSB Illustrated Digest on the collapse

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    • 19 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

Tarashia ,

One of the best

One of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to, makes it hard to believe it’s free! Everything is well researched and thoughtfully explained even to someone not in the industry. The episodes on the Pike River mine were as fascinating as they were tragic. Great storytelling right alongside the great technical analysis.

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.

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