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Chernobyl (Part 2)
Episode 4110th January 2024 • Human Factors Minute • Human Factors Cast
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...and now for another Human Factors Minute! As with any complex event, a variety of factors combined to cause the Chernobyl disaster. These causes illustrate exactly how Human Factors touches many parts of an overall system's design. The incident occurred during experiments to test the operation of the independent power supply, in the event of loss of external power sources. The plant was operated in an unstable condition without adequate safety precautions. Personnel were inadequately trained (they were unaware of RBMK characteristics that made low power operation extremely hazardous). Inadequate containment structures allowed radioactive material into the atmosphere. Initial emergency response and countermeasures were inadequate. The disaster was a product of flawed reactor design, poor safety culture and serious mistakes by Chernobyl staff. When failures in complex technologies and human failures combine, the consequences are often multiplied. This has been another Human Factors Minute! Be sure to check out our main show at our official website: Support us on these platforms to get access to the entire Human Factors Minute library: Patreon: Buy us a coffee: Join us on Discord: Follow us: Human Factors Cast Merchandise Store: Follow us on Twitch: Follow us on YouTube: Follow us on LinkedIn: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Facebook: Resources: Music by Kevin McLeod:

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