The history of the explosives sector is littered with catastrophic incidents. Many these incidents have had immediate causes in common which suggests lessons have not been learned.
This presentation focuses on a representative set of explosives incidents to explore their immediate causes and effects. It goes on to apply modern approaches to accident causation and the regulation of major hazards as a way of identifying underlying and root causes of incidents and looks to develop a simple top-level ‘tool kit’ that can be proactively applied to managing the risks and hazards associated with both explosives and explosives facilities.
Martyn started his explosives career with the Ministry of Defence and worked for 12 years at the Forensic Explosives Laboratory at Fort Halstead providing support to GB police forces and a range of other agencies. His time there gave him a sound grounding in explosives chemistry, explosives technology and explosion effects which have continued to prove useful in the roles he has fulfilled as an HSE Inspector. Upon joining HSE he spent several years as an operational inspector, mainly working in Wales and the west of England. Between 2012 and 2015 he applied his frontline knowledge to the explosives legislative review which resulted in consolidated explosives regulations in 2014, a suite of overarching safety and security guidance, and supporting sub-sector specific guidance. He then took on a fundamental review of HSE’s approach to the licensing of the manufacture and storage of explosives which reported at the end of June this year. Prior to taking up his current role, leading the Explosives Inspectorate’s southern field team, he was the Principal Inspector responsible for the Inspectorates Operational Policy and Strategy Team.
Martyn Sime member of the Institute and HSE inspector is coming to the IExpE Head Office to give a presentation on “What went wrong and what did we learn”,
Martyn’s Networking events are greatly received and fill up fast please contact head office to register for your attendance as not to disappoint as limited space available.