Consumer Energy Report is now Energy Trends Insider -- Read More »

Posts tagged “safety engineering”

By Robert Rapier on Mar 14, 2011 with 129 responses

The Mirage of Fail Safe Engineering

Harsh Reality As I have said many times, all of our energy options require trade-offs. I can’t think of any that don’t have some negative consequences and risks associated with their production and/or use. One job of the engineer is to minimize those risks down to an acceptable level. Often times, public expectation mistakenly assumes that “acceptable” means that accidents should never occur, but there are many reasons why that metric will never be achieved. We sometimes find out — as we did with the Deepwater spill — that even seemingly basic safety measures have been overlooked. While an accident like that is a black eye for the offshore oil industry, the industry will learn some valuable lessons and the… Continue»