<< Back to Calendar

Complexity Theory: What Can We Learn From Mining Fatalities? | August Chapter Event

Business Acumen

 

BH-Logo.png HGL_Logo_Picture1.png

 

Overview

What can we learn from the last 20 years of fatalities in mining? In this presentation we will hear about the findings and recommendations from the review undertaken by Dr Sean Brady into fatalities in the Queensland mining and quarrying industry, tabled in Queensland Parliament.

We’ll find out about the nature of the real causes underlying these incidents, and how it may differ to what we think.

Then we’ll take a brief detour into complexity theory, illustrated with some surprising and light-hearted examples. Complexity Science seeks to better understand the underlying principles that govern ‘complex systems’ – systems consisting of agents that interact with one another and create positive feedback, such as the economy or complex projects.

Finally we’ll pull the strands together by returning to mining, and find out what complexity theory can tell us about managing risk in high hazard industries.

One of the key recommendations from the Brady Review was for the industry to adopt the principles of High Reliability Organisations (HROs). HROs are organisations that operate in hazardous industries yet have few serious incidents. How do they manage this?

 

Takeaways/Lessons

  • What common themes underlie the causes of fatalities in mining.
  • What makes a system ‘complex’ as opposed to ‘complicated’.
  • Why unpredictable things happen and why systems defy our attempts to control them.
  • How certain organisations manage to achieve high performance without serious incidents, despite operating in high-hazard environments.

 

Speaker Introduction

Sean-Brady-Hires-(1).jpg

Sean Brady

Dr Sean Brady is forensic engineer and the managing director of Brady Heywood, a firm that works with business, government and the legal sector to understand and resolve complex issues that typically require a whole of system approach. In 2020 Sean completed the Brady Review, an investigation into the causes of fatalities in the Queensland mining and quarrying industry for Resources Safety and Health Queensland.

This review analysed 20 years of incident and fatality information, was data driven, and culminated in 11 recommendations for both industry and the regulator on how to lower the fatality and incident rate. Sean is currently engaged as the lead investigator on a major power station incident in Queensland. He also speaks, podcasts, and writes about failure, human behaviour, data analytics and engineering disasters.



Connect with the speaker

L: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-brady-11a95427/

W: https://www.bradyheywood.com.au

 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have registered online we ask that you please respect your online comitment as there is venue space limitations. To ensure that you can make the most of this event, we request that you arrive at the venue on time.

This event is a hybrid event. If you're unable to attend in-person, you can join us via ZOOM online. After registration, you will receive an invoice email with the attached online meeting link.

Refunds: You may request to cancel your registration for a full refund, up to five (5) working days before the date and time of the event. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Questions / Feedback: If you have any questions about our events or would like to provide feedback, please contact our Events Team at events@pmiqld.org.

 

Register for this event
Register for this event

Information

Type of category: Chapter Event

Type of activity: Business Acumen

Date: 25 August 2022

Hour: 17:30 to 20:30

Registration close date: 25 August 2022 at 18:00

# of PDUs: 1

Price

Members: $25.00

Non members and Guests: $45.00

Location

HopgoodGanim Lawyers

Level 7, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle St

Brisbane City, QLD, 4000