In introduction this assignment will contain two individual system failure reports; firstly the report for the India Building Collapse will be dissected thus identifying certain information regarding the failure of this particular system. The second system failure report is of the French Rail Crash and correspondingly to the first incident information regarding the system failure will also be identified.
2. INDIA BUILDING COLLAPSE: 27TH SEPTEMBER 2013 – LOCATION: MUMBAI, INDIA
2.1. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT
On September 27th 2013 a four-storey building in Dockyard Road in the east of Mumbai collapsed resulting in the death of 61 people. Officials have identified that 22 families of employees of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai resided in the four-storey building. As property and rent prices in Mumbai rise it is those that are less fortunate that have to live in such dilapidated buildings.
2.2. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF MAIN FAILURE CAUSES
Poor construction practices in India are believed to be one of the main failure causes. Rising prices in India’s cities results in those less affluent are forced to live is structurally poor accommodation. The main failure cause was due to a central wall and supporting beams being removed thus giving the building insufficient stability.
2.3. WARNING SIGNS
There have been many considerable warning signs as over 100 people have died due to building collapses in Mumbai between April and June 2013 alone. An incident on the 7th of April 2013 which resulted in a high-rise building collapsing in which 74 people lost their lives. It is estimated that 60% of Mumbai’s 18 million residents live in slums and shantytowns. Due to the growth of India as one of the world’s superpowers many of Mumbai’s residence are left behind being forced to live in unsafe conditions. 959 buildings have been branded as “dilapidated and dangerous” by the city’s municipality. These warning signs where apparent but where ignored by those in power thus resulting in the number of tragedies due to collapsing buildings to increase.
Apart from the apparent cost of lives the incident and others beforehand have not cost the India or Mumbai Government much apart from a tarnished reputation which was already somewhat tainted. This caused those looking for a new home disruption and those with family members that had passed away were left with a sever sense of injustice. The main consequence from this series of disasters is that India has gained a reputation of not caring for those that are less fortunate. By not giving them the same respect and due care that is given to those who are more financially secure.
2.5. HOW COULD IT HAVE BEEN PREVENTED, LESSONS LEARNED & LEGAL CHANGES?
This incident and other similar incidents could have been prevented by the Mumbai or Indian Government creating safer and affordable homes for the less affluent. Safer accommodation would prevent these incidents occurring in the...