Nuclear Disasters and Systems Thinking: Part 1/3: Three Mile Island, USA
- Published on November 24, 2020
Lately I became interested in nuclear reactors. Well, nuclear reactor disasters to be exact. This led me to read about the nuclear reactor incidents happened in the last 60 years or so and slowly a pattern started to emerge.
A lot of the accidents may seem like they have a human hand in them but if you look at them closely you will find errors caused by the system and human errors are just a natural extension of the system and were preventable most of the time. At least, the consequences could have been much less.
I am not a nuclear reactor expert and this article is not about the pros and cons of nuclear energy; nor is it about better nuclear reactor design. It is, however, about systems thinking, the importance of understanding a system, and the errors that a system causes to implement a continual improvement culture.
I chose 3 nuclear disasters from 3 different countries to show that culture does not play a role when it comes to ignoring errors coming from a system.