Engineering Catastrophes

Engineering Catastrophes

Causes and Effects of Major Accidents

3rd Edition - July 22, 2005

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  • Author: J. F. Lancaster
  • eBook ISBN: 9781845690816

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There is much to be gained from the study of catastrophes. Likewise the records of accidents in industry and transport are of great importance, not only by indicating trends in the incidence of loss or casualties, but also as a measure of human behaviour. The third edition of this well received book places emphasis on the human factor, with the first two chapters providing a method of analysing the records of accident and all-cause mortality rates to show their relationship with levels of economic development and growth rates, and to make suggestions as to the way in which such processes may be linked. Case histories are given throughout the book. These are designed to show how human frailty, or the unexpected weakness of materials, or a combination of both, can lead to dire and tragic circumstances.

Key Features

  • Understand why disasters occur and how they could have been avoided
  • Emphasis is placed on the human factor in catastrophes
  • Case studies illustrate the factors that can lead to dire and tragic circumstances


Anyone who wants to understand disasters occur and how they could have been avoided

Table of Contents

  • 1. Analysing casualty records
    2. Accident and all-cause mortality: Economic growth
    3. Supercatastrophes
    4. The technical background
    5. How technological change affects safety
    6. Natural catastrophes

    Appendix: Mathematical models and statistical methods for accident data

Product details

  • No. of pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2005
  • Published: July 22, 2005
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781845690816

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J. F. Lancaster

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