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2010 Ergonomics Society - Actions in a coach fire

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Ergonomic Society annual conference. Personal story of how people acted when the coach we were on caught fire.

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2010 Ergonomics Society - Actions in a coach fire

  1. 1. Tel: (+44) 01492 879813 Mob: (+44) 07984 284642 andy@abrisk.co.uk www.abrisk.co.uk 1 A consultant’s experience of being in a fire Andy Brazier
  2. 2. 2 Purpose of my presentation Tell you about my experience Explain the human behaviours I observed during and after the event Communicate learning points Human factors/ergonomists Users of public transport Parents, teachers and responsible adults.
  3. 3. 3 School trip to watch rugby
  4. 4. 4 Afternoon match
  5. 5. 5 The journey home Liberty Stadium Port Talbot Strange smell Smoke in coach I speak to driver
  6. 6. 6 Why didn’t we tell the driver to stop? Smell was strong/unpleasant Did not recognise it Must be coming from outside.
  7. 7. 7 The source of the smell?
  8. 8. 8 Why didn’t I make the driver stop Could not smell it at front Gauges all healthy Driver said he would stop at services
  9. 9. 9 Smoke
  10. 10. 10 Why didn’t we know what to do? Driver had given a briefing before setting off We all knew there was an emergency exit Didn’t know how to open it High above the ground Exit on offside of coach onto live carriageway We knew we could break a window Even worse option Main door has to be the main option.
  11. 11. 11 How did we get away safely? The coach was not full The isles were clear It was daylight Most people were awake Everyone was sober Adults sat near the back to help the kids get off Adults at front took kids to safe location.
  12. 12. 12 You can learn a lot about an accident without knowing its cause For example, I have seen first hand that Smoke is a killer It fills an enclosed space very quickly You can get a lot of smoke without a visible fire We expect someone to take command without any evidence of their ability to do so Coach driver Headmaster Emergency services.
  13. 13. 13 More learnings We assume we know what to do an emergency Your brain works differently in an emergency situation Loss of situational awareness – location of coach Overwhelmed by options – which exit to use Until we go through the actions we don’t really know what to do.
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  16. 16. 16 Not all bad news
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