Remembering the Fukushima Disaster 11 Years On

On 11th March 2011, a tsunami off the coast of Japan triggered one of the worst nuclear accidents in history. At the time we wrote the following piece on our blog: “It is reported that the current perilous situation at the Fukushima nuclear plant is the result of the failure of backup generators to supply […]

Remembering the Kegworth Air Crash

Last Saturday marked the anniversary of the Kegworth Air Crash. On 8th January 1989 a British Midland Boeing 737 developed an engine fault shortly after taking off from East Midlands Airport bound for Belfast. The pilots mistakenly shut down the wrong engine and the plane crashed onto the M1 just outside the airport perimeter. Of […]

Remembering Pipe Alpha 33 Years On

On 6th July 1988, 167 men died following a devastating fire on the Piper Alpha platform, operated by Occidental Oil in the North Sea.  Only 61 people survived, some of whom leapt over 100 feet from the burning platform into the sea.  As ever, our thoughts are with those survivors and the bereaved families. The […]

What Have We Learnt from the Manchester Arena Inquiry Volume 1?

The Manchester Arena Inquiry Volume 1: Security for the Arena was published last week.  It is now over four years since the attack, and the proceedings of the Inquiry have been widely reported as they happened; but this volume brings together all the evidence about security prior to 22nd May 2017 and, crucially, provides a […]

Remembering the Ibrox Disaster Fifty Years On

Tributes have been paid in Glasgow and across the world to the 66 people who died in a crush on Stairway 13 at Ibrox Park fifty years ago today.  A casual reading of the incident might conclude that it was simply a tragic combination of circumstances – Rangers fans elated by a last-minute equaliser against […]

On This Day in History – The Kings Cross Fire

On the evening of 18th of November 1987, 31 people died and many more were injured in a terrible fire in Kings Cross Underground station.  As always in these blog posts, we should firstly remember the victims and the many others who were affected by the incident.  Whilst the most obvious “cause” of the tragedy […]

On This Day in History – The Reading Train Crash

On 6th November 2004 the 17:35 Paddington to Penzance train was derailed when it struck a parked car on a level crossing at Ufton Nervet, near Reading.  Tragically the car driver, train driver and four passengers died at the scene; whilst another passenger died a few hours later in hospital.  Fortunately though, this was the […]

On This Day in History – Ladbroke Grove

21 years ago today 31 people died and over 250 were injured when two trains collided at Ladbroke Grove.  First and foremost our thoughts are with the many people who are still affected by the accident years later. As well as being one of the worst train crashes in Britain over the last few decades, […]

BCAW Day 5 – Boeing Completes 737 Max Software Upgrade

Business Continuity Awareness Week (BCAW) 2019 ends with the news today that Boeing has completed an upgrade to the 737 Max software, following the fatal crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.  Obviously the most important issue in all of this is the 346 lives that were tragically lost in the two crashes; but the question we […]

Business Impact of Japanese Earthquakes Becoming Clearer

The human impact of the earthquakes on Thursday and Saturday in Japan’s Kumamoto Region was immediately obvious with at least 41 people dead, homes destroyed and public services severely disrupted. It is only now though, as we move into the next working week, that the business impact begins to become apparent. Sony, Honda and Toyota […]