Never, say never… 

Arkema lessons learned

Previously we wrote about the fall-out from the Lac Megantic rail disaster – the deadliest Canadian rail disaster since 1867.  Many lessons were learned from the two-year investigation that followed.  While less catastrophic, the recent post-Hurricane Harvey Arkema plant explosion near Houston, Texas, will also reveal its own take-aways. However, even without results from investigations […]

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4 years later… what we can learn from the Lac Mégantic rail disaster

lac megantic

What can we learn from Lac Mégantic In July of 2013, the deadliest Canadian rail accident since 1867 occurred in Lac Megantic, Quebec.  A series of errors resulted in a train carrying crude oil to roll downhill before derailing in the town of Lac Megantic.  The accident resulted in: 63 derailed rail cars 47 deaths […]

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Lessons Learned from Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew (as with all disasters) taught some excellent lessons Hurricane Matthew, a category 5 hurricane that hit the Western Atlantic for nearly two weeks last month, is an unwelcome reminder of the importance of business continuity planning and preparedness. In any disaster, there are many lessons to learn for all persons and organizations involved. Here […]

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How Third Party Decisions Can Ruin Your Business – Flooding

Morganza Spillway

In 2011, both the U.S. and Canada experienced a very specific risk scenario.  There was groundbreaking flooding from heavy winter snows and rains. In both countries, flood gates were opened to flood some areas in order to protect others.  Third parties – Government officials – made hard choices in order to protect the greater good. In the United States… Army […]

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But This Never Happens…

This never happens

It is winter.  As happens in winter, Europe and the United Kingdom get their fair share of snow, ice and generally wintery weather. This happens every year. But for some reason, government officials, city officials and even the residents of these snow-covered communities insist that this “never happens”.  Unfortunately, things have changed and winter is now […]

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Rain, Water, and Floods

floods, food, honest mistakes

Our sponsored cyclo-cross racer Vicki Thomas, is currently living in Belgium following her cyclo-cross racing dreams.  We recently spoke to her last week and she told us of the intense rain Belgium was currently experiencing.  For Vicki all this really meant was some wet and soggy training rides but she quickly realized that the rain […]

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