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Episode 54 – Sports Stadium Disasters
Welcome back to DisasterCast. In this episode I talk about Sports Stadium Disasters. Stadium disasters are highly emotive, often with attempts to cast one party or another as villains. This can extend to treating crowds as if they are malevolent entities, and innocent spectators as if they are hooligans. It's also tempting to think that the only way to defend the fans is to place the blame elsewhere - with the police and stadium officials.
I talk about two particular accidents - Ellis Park Stadium in 2001, and Hillsborough Stadium in 1989.
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DisasterCast studies an analyses how accidents and happen, what causes them and how risks can be mitigated. I feel I have gained a lot of understanding of how a safety engineer works, and what they have to trade off to minimise the risk. I came to disaster cast via a link from the comp.risks Usenet group, so I have a lot of exposure to computer related risks, but this adds something new to my knowledge. My main criticism is that while Drew speaks clearly and makes the technical details easy to follow, often his guests are much harder to understand, and speak in jargon as if the audience where all experts already.
Date published: 2014-01-01