• Question: What goes through your mind when something goes wrong and it is highly dangerous?

    Asked by Moomin Bates to Hilly, Lee, Liz, Tadhg, Yasmin on 24 Jun 2015.
    • Photo: Yasmin Ali

      Yasmin Ali answered on 24 Jun 2015:

      I haven’t been in that situation at work fortunately. Health and Safety is a really important part of our job, our aim is to engineer out anything dangerous in the design so that we don’t find ourselves in a situation where things go wrong.

      I’ve had a few accidents outside of work – car crashes, getting knocked off my bike, that sort of thing… it’s strange but the initial things that go through my mind are quite practical! Like what do I need to do now, where do I need to go, who do I need to call!

    • Photo: David Hill

      David Hill answered on 24 Jun 2015:

      I couldn’t possibly repeat what goes through my head when something goes wrong…

      Things going wrong are never good, but as engineers we have to design things as safely as possible! We apply safety factors to lots of things we are working on, particularly where there is a risk of loss of life! I’ve only had once instance where something I’ve worked has suffered a catastrophic end. The A400M project had a problem after take-off and crashed, unfortunately people died, so its not a good feeling!

      They still don’t know what caused the crash, although I can say with some confidence it doesnt look like it was anything to do with me, but its still really sad to see something you’ve had an input into failing. I’m still confident the project will be a success, it looks like it may have been a software glitch!

    • Photo: Lee Margetts

      Lee Margetts answered on 24 Jun 2015:

      Computer modelling is not very dangerous, so I’m lucky I don’t have to face these experiences at work!

    • Photo: Tadhg O'Donovan

      Tadhg O'Donovan answered on 24 Jun 2015:


      But more seriously – this doesn’t happen. Heath and Safety is a priority in design – so I’ve never been in this situation and hope never to be 🙂

    • Photo: Liz Meddings

      Liz Meddings answered on 25 Jun 2015:

      Luckily if something goes wrong in my job, the only consequence is getting shouted at. No one dies from getting my sums wrong.