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Spiral to Disaster
Part of the Series: Disaster Series One
BBC
Spiral to Disaster recreates the disaster of the oil rig 'Piper Alpha' and is used by health and safety professionals all over the globe. The catastrophe was not the result of a sudden, unpredictable explosion. Poor safety training, basic communication…
A Major Malfunction
Part of the Series: Disaster Series Two
BBC
The explosion that destroyed the Challenger space shuttle in January 1986, killing all seven crew members, remains the worst accident in space. The drama of the days leading up to the launch reveals heated arguments between NASA managers and engineers…
The Goiania Incident
Part of the Series: Disaster Series One
BBC
The Goiana Incident - two thieves broke into a disused clinic in Brazil and sold parts from a machine which was contaminated with caesium-137. The Goiania Incident is part of the BBC education series, Disaster - series 1, looking at…
The Chemical Scythe
Part of the Series: Disaster Series One
BBC
The Chemical Scythe follows the investigations into the link between organophosphate chemicals used for sheep dipping and nerve gas. The Chemical Scythe is part of the BBC documentary series, Disaster - series 1 exploring the topic of health and safety.
October Fire
Part of the Series: Disaster Series One
BBC
October Fire tells the story of a devastating accident involving a Russian nuclear submarine 'K219'. In 1986, on board a huge Soviet nuclear submarine, fifty metres below the surface of the ocean, an enormous ballistic missile exploded. Using carefully obtained…
A Japanese Tragedy
Part of the Series: Disaster Series Three
BBC
A Japanese Tragedy looks at when a JAL Boeing 747 crashed in to the Japanese Alps. 520 people died. In August 1985, Japan Air Flight 123 crashed into the side of a mountain North West of Tokyo. It was the…
The Marchioness
Part of the Series: Disaster Series Three
BBC
The Marchioness investigates when 51 people lost their lives when the 'Bowbelle' dredger collided with this passenger boat. The Marchioness is part of the BBC education series, Disaster - series 3, investigating health and safety disasters throughout history.
The Channel Tunnel Fire
Part of the Series: Disaster Series Two
BBC
On 18 November 1996, 34 people were trapped underground when fire broke out on the Eurotunnel shuttle from Calais.As 450 firefighters struggled to deal with the blaze, a catalogue of technical and communication failures held up rescue attempts.
Atlantic
Part of the Series: Disaster Series One
BBC
Janet Culver placed a personal ad for a fishing companion and slowly fell in love with the man who replied. But her dreams were shattered when tragedy struck and they were shipwrecked. The horrors of being stranded for days in…
A Crash in the Dark
Part of the Series: Disaster Series Three
BBC
A Crash in the Dark investigates, when two trains collided in the Severn Tunnel due to faulty equipment and human error, a complete communication breakdown meant that the rescue teams walked for miles in the wrong direction, unable to find…
A Cancer in the System
Part of the Series: Disaster Series Three
BBC
A Cancer in the System investigates when women died because their cervical smear slides were confused and incorrectly analysed. A Cancer in the System is part of DIsaster - series 3, looking at health and safety disasters throughout history.
King's Cross - Beneath the Flames
Part of the Series: Disaster Series Four
BBC
King's Cross - Beneath the Flames looks at the events of the 18th November 1987. Over 20 years ago, every commuter's greatest fear happened. A fire broke out at King's Cross, one of London's busiest Underground stations. Smoke and flames…
The Windscale Fire
Part of the Series: Disaster Series Three
BBC
In 1957, a fire was discovered inside Britain's first nuclear reactor at Windscale. At the time emergency procedures were minimal, but its effects are still being felt today.
Deadly Metal
Part of the Series: Disaster Series Three
BBC
In Deadly Metal, a radiotherapy machine was mistakenly sold to a scrap yard. More radioactive material was released than the Three Mile Island disaster. Deadly Metal is part of Disaster - series 3, a series of educational videos from BBC…
Disaster Series Three
BBC
Disaster - Series 3 uncovers the chilling truths behind some of the worst catastrophes in the last 50 years. These include: the 1989 sinking of the Marchioness on the River Thames, grave errors made in cervical smear testing, the Japan…
6 videos
Fighting for Life
Part of the Series: Disaster Series Two
BBC
The story in the headlines in June 1998 was that of the longest ever inquiry conducted by the General Medical Council.Two surgeons at Bristol Royal Infirmary were heavily criticised for operating on babies despite a poor survival rate and a…
A Cut-Price Tragedy
Part of the Series: Disaster Series Two
BBC
A Cut-Price Tragedy looks at the tragedy of Valujet DC-9 that opened the case of safety and responsibility in the air. In May 1996, a Valujet DC-9 caught fire in mid-air and plunged into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110…
The Christinaki
Part of the Series: Disaster Series Two
BBC
The Christinaki looks at the loss of this 26,000-ton ship in the Atlantic, and highlights the problem of who takes responsibility for maintaining the sea-worthiness of merchant shipping. The Christinaki is part of the BBC series, Disaster - series 2,…
Disaster Series Two
BBC
Disaster - Series 2 examines the issues surrounding major international incidents and questions whether they were preventable accidents or catastrophes waiting to happen? A Cut Price Tragedy: Despite a higher than average accident record, in 1996 the fast-growing US airline,…
5 videos
Kansas City - Death by Design
Part of the Series: Disaster Series Four
BBC
Disaster Series 4, Episode 2 - Kansas City: Death by Design On a hot July evening in 1981, 200 people were enjoying a 1940s-style 'tea dance' at the recently opened Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. A few…