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Construction Administration Speaker Series: Emerging Concepts in Safety: Fatality/Catastrophic Event Prevention


Apr 27, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Columbia University

Are fatal/catastrophic events a special class of incidents that require different tools for their prevention? This question is at the center of a debate that has been ongoing and gaining momentum in a wide range of industries around the world. Access to the answer may require us to expand our knowledge and practical skills for the safety challenges of the twenty-first century. The presentation offers the latest thinking in the new view of human factors, accountability, accident models, and resilience engineering. The understanding of accidents, risk and safety is changing. We no longer see human error as cause, but as a symptom. We recognize the exciting possibilities of systems thinking for accident analysis and organizational improvement. We are shifting from reliability to resilience and the enhancement of adaptive capacity. We look for new relationships between stakeholders to create forms of accountability that do not harm safety. Join in on this lively and often confronting discussion.

About the Speaker
Ray Master is the Director of Loss Prevention/Safety Consulting with Construction Risk Partners. He is accountable for the design and delivery of the firm’s safety consulting services. The offering aspires to challenge conventional thinking in construction safety in providing both safety management system optimization and safety culture/performance enhancement. His has over 25 years of experience in construction safety spanning a wide range of industries to include infrastructure, power, process, high-rise buildings, oil/gas, marine, transportation, hazardous material clean-up and emergency response. Construction Risk Partners is a full service insurance brokerage firm and part of the JLT Group — one of the world’s leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services.

Space is limited; please RSVP by Thursday, April 26, 2018. For questions please contact: construction@sps.columbia.edu


Ray Master, Director of Loss Prevention/Safety Consulting, Construction Risk Partners