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Hyatt Regency: The human price of failureDecember 11, 2018

The engineer of record – who was ultimately responsible for the construction of the hotel – had one objective following the 1981 disaster: to 'scare the daylights' out of engineers about what can go wrong, writes Sean Brady
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Near-misses and failure: Part 1November 13, 2018

Drawing on two high-profile examples, Sean Brady suggests that attitudes toward near-misses can sometimes result in complacency – with catastrophic consequences
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Why do most change initiatives fail?October 2, 2018

Managing change initiatives means tackling the gravitational pull of company culture, the ingrained habits, the unwritten rules as to how things are done – and always involves battling established norms and the egos associated with the status quo, writes James Sweetman
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Grenfell: A year on, here’s what we know went wrongOctober 2, 2018

There is no doubt that changes are needed to prevent this catastrophe from happening again, and they include new regulation for high-rise buildings and the use of flammable materials in their construction, writes Konstantinos Daniel Tsavdaridis