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!
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!