Psychology preceding avoidable accidents and catastrophes
May 9, 2014 8:55 PM Subscribe
Please point me towards more non-fiction accounts of fatalities that may have been avoidable had the people involved made different decisions earlier on. In particular I am looking for accounts that provide detail about these earlier decisions so the reader can perhaps surmise where the “tipping point” was reached.
posted by tr0ubley to Grab Bag (39 answers total) 65 users marked this as a favorite
Examples that come to mind are this NYTimes article
about the avalanche at Tunnel Creek, some NIOSH firefighter fatality reports
, and the NTSB report
on the sinking of the tall ship Bounty during Hurricane Sandy. I’m interested in the psychology behind these types of (possibly) avoidable accidents, i.e. denial, groupthink, illusion of control, optimism bias, etc., but these need not be specifically pointed out in the report or account. Examples from any field would be greatly appreciated.