Preventing Catastrophe In Organizations (2014)

In 2011, in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, Fall Line Systems initiated a research project to uncover the keys for preventing catastrophe in organizations. The research was completed in early 2014.

The research explores the ideas and insight of a remarkable group of operations and executive leaders who have succeeded in preventing catastrophe in their careers. The members of this Expert Group work in industry segments that have the potential of catastrophic incidents: offshore drilling, high-speed rail, oil and gas production, engineering procurement and construction management (EPCM), pipelines, refining, industrial construction, electrical distribution and information technology. This group also included regulators and process safety specialists.

The findings of this work are summarized in the Research Report, published in April 2014. Highlights of the report include:

  • Risk Scorecard. 20 capabilities required for organizations to prevent catastrophe.
  • Catastrophe Fundamentals. Basics to help people understand what differentiates catastrophe from other types of industrial incident.
  • Barriers to Preventive Action. What stops people from implementing preventive action, even though they know that prevention is preferred to dealing with the problem.
  • Healthy Risk Culture or Culture of Risk? Definition of a healthy risk culture and an outline of action to build and sustain this.
  • Role of the Regulator. Discussion of the regulator’s role in preventing catastrophe.

Reports for Download

  • Preventing Catastrophe in Organizations. (2014). Download Here.
  • Preventing Catastrophe in Organizations, Executive Summary. Download Here.
  • Volkswagen’s Dieselgate Part 1: How to Build a Catastrophe. (2017). Download Here.
  • Volkswagen’s Dieselgate Part 2: VW is not a Rogue Company in Europe (to be released November 2017)