Opinion | What’s the Best Way to Stop Tragic Accidents? – The New York Times

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Opinion | What’s the Best Way to Stop Tragic Accidents? – The New York Times

What’s the Best Way to Stop Tragic Accidents?

Oct. 27, 202

Peter Coy

By Peter Coy

Opinion Writer

Tragic accidents have been in the news recently. The actor Alec Baldwin unintentionally shot and killed someone on a movie set after firing a gun that he was told was unloaded. A port explosion in Beirut killed more than 200 people last year. And a new documentary by Frontline, in partnership with The New York Times, examines the two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets that killed 346 people over the course of four months in 2018 and 2019.

What can be done? Nancy Leveson has an answer. Leveson, an engineering professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has developed a distinctive approach to accident prevention. She doesn’t focus on identifying individual faulty components or singling out blundering people. Instead she looks at how accidents can be caused by unforeseen interactions between various components of a complex system.

Leveson’s approach, which is often described as “systems thinking,” is drawing a lot of interest…

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Opinion | What’s the Best Way to Stop Tragic Accidents? – The New York Times