Examining alternatives to traditional accident causation models in the offshore oil and gas industry

Hasan, Rumy, Chatwin, Christopher and Sayed, Mustafa (2019) Examining alternatives to traditional accident causation models in the offshore oil and gas industry. Journal of Risk Research, 22. pp. 1-16. ISSN 1366-9877

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Abstract

Several recent studies assert that in complex systems, mishaps often result from non-linear interactions between very normal behaviours. These interactions gradually shift the system to a point at which safety is compromised. Exploring such a paradigm can shine a light on the reasons behind the failure of current safety models. This paper attempts to assess accident causation theory and complexity and systems thinking in the offshore oil and gas industry. Additionally, the lack of a theoretical basis to deal with complex socio-technical environments has been a common theme, so this paper further seeks out patterns that emerge after-the-fact, which could help to identify relevant theories. The paper recommends chaos theory and resilience engineering as alternative theoretical foundations for safety frameworks in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Safety, Resilience engineering, Holistic management, O&G industry, accident causation theory, Saudi Arabian industry, socio-technical interface, chaos theory
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Industrial Informatics and Signal Processing Research Group
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0028 Management. Industrial Management > HD0061 Risk in industry. Risk in management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0028 Management. Industrial Management > HD0061.5 Security measures
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD0028 Management. Industrial Management
Depositing User: Chris Chatwin
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2019 11:32
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 16:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/86160

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