Failure analysis, schadenfreude, and Schadenspiegel

Munich Reinsurance
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posts large Acrobat files of
their newsletter, Schadenspiegel (Losses and Loss Prevention) on their
web site. It should be called schadenfreude (shameful joy, or pleasure
taken from someone else's misfortune), because it has descriptions of
their interesting cases. A few of these are failure analyses. Many are
just big disasters that are truly weird.
The latest issue, 2004/2 has an article titled "water damage mystery
solved" about a corrosion failure in a flow controller. However, it
also has "City refuse collectors' strike turns residents into
arsonists - Conflagration in a car spares warehouse". It happened in
Tel Aviv. The annoyed but still resourceful residents set fire to
several waste bins to get rid of the stinking refuse. Unfortunately,
one bin was leaned against the wall of an auto parts warehouse which
had an inadequate fire and smoke detector system. The building burned
for three days till it was a total loss.
Have a look at the 2nd issue for 2002. There is an article titled
"United Kingdom: Largest Motor Vehicle Claim of All Time". All it
took to get the carnage started for a 50 million Euro loss was one
very sleepy driver (curiously named Gary Hart). Mr. Hart was in a
Land Rover towing a Renault on a trailer. The bad news was that he
fell asleep at the wheel. The good news was that he wasn't injured
when he went off the road. The bad news was that the front of the
vehicle wound up on one of two main rail lines from London to
Scotland. The good news was that he had a mobile phone and tried to
call emergency services. The bad news was that he was too late, and a
passenger train struck the Land Rover at 200 km/h. The good news was
that the train stayed upright. The bad news was that it derailed and
collided with an oncoming freight train loaded with 1000 tons of coal,
at a closing speed of 200 km/h. The bad news was that ten people on
the passenger train were killed and 76 passengers were taken to
hospital. The good news was that the locomotive from the passenger
train was salvageable. The bad news was that the police retrieved the
pieces of the Land Rover, found no mechanical faults and prosecuted
the driver. The good news was that he was found guilty on ten counts
of causing death by dangerous driving and won't be out of prison for
at least five years.
Pittsburgh Pete
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> Munich Reinsurance
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posts large Acrobat files of > their newsletter, Schadenspiegel (Losses and Loss Prevention) on their > web site. It should be called schadenfreude (shameful joy, or pleasure > taken from someone else's misfortune), because it has descriptions of > their interesting cases. A few of these are failure analyses. Many are > just big disasters that are truly weird. > > The latest issue, 2004/2 has an article titled "water damage mystery > solved" about a corrosion failure in a flow controller. However, it > also has "City refuse collectors' strike turns residents into > arsonists - Conflagration in a car spares warehouse". It happened in > Tel Aviv. The annoyed but still resourceful residents set fire to > several waste bins to get rid of the stinking refuse. Unfortunately, > one bin was leaned against the wall of an auto parts warehouse which > had an inadequate fire and smoke detector system. The building burned > for three days till it was a total loss. > > Have a look at the 2nd issue for 2002. There is an article titled > "United Kingdom: Largest Motor Vehicle Claim of All Time". All it > took to get the carnage started for a 50 million Euro loss was one > very sleepy driver (curiously named Gary Hart). Mr. Hart was in a > Land Rover towing a Renault on a trailer. The bad news was that he > fell asleep at the wheel. The good news was that he wasn't injured > when he went off the road. The bad news was that the front of the > vehicle wound up on one of two main rail lines from London to > Scotland. The good news was that he had a mobile phone and tried to > call emergency services. The bad news was that he was too late, and a > passenger train struck the Land Rover at 200 km/h. The good news was > that the train stayed upright. The bad news was that it derailed and > collided with an oncoming freight train loaded with 1000 tons of coal, > at a closing speed of 200 km/h. The bad news was that ten people on > the passenger train were killed and 76 passengers were taken to > hospital. The good news was that the locomotive from the passenger > train was salvageable. The bad news was that the police retrieved the > pieces of the Land Rover, found no mechanical faults and prosecuted > the driver. The good news was that he was found guilty on ten counts > of causing death by dangerous driving and won't be out of prison for > at least five years. > > > Pittsburgh Pete > --------------------------------------------------------------------------
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