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Normal Accidents by Charles Perrow

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INTRODUCTION

 

 

 

Welcome to the world of high-risk technologies. You may have noticed that they seem to be multiplying, and it is true. As our technology expands, as our wars multiply, and as we invade more and more of nature, we create systems—organizations, and the organization of organizations—that increase the risks for the operators, passengers, innocent bystanders, and for future generations. In this book we will review some of these systems—nuclear power plants, chemical plants, aircraft and air traffic control, ships, dams, nuclear weapons, space missions, and genetic engineering. Most of these risky enterprises have catastrophic potential, the ability to take the lives of hundreds of people in one blow, or to shorten or cripple the ...

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