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Counteracting the Cultural Causes of Disaster

Hopkins, Andrew


It is widely recognised that disasters are preceded by warning signs which are ignored or discounted because of cultural factors. There is now considerable discussion of the possibility of constructing safety cultures to counteract this effect. This paper contributes to this discussion by drawing on the case of a coal mine disaster in Australia. The paper shows that there were two sets of cultural factors at work preventing appropriate responses to warning signs. The first was a hierarchy of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management


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