United Kingdom: the threshold of safety culture; this is well known even in the tales

My latest post in the PI&ORP site (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) is titled “Un siglo de cultura preventiva” (One century of safety culture) and is all about a well established concept for decades: safety culture. The post at PI&ORP is Read More …

Uralita and its main secret agent, asbestos

Uralita is a multinational company of building materials. Insulation products, gypsum, pipes and roof tiles are today its main products [1]. The origins of Uralita begins in the early XX century when, in 1907 it stablished as one of the first Read More …

Aragon Valley Classic: 1972, when scientists dreamed of sheep in energy plants

In November 1972, National Geographic released its official magazine nº 142/5. This was the magazine´s cover: One of the edition´s articles was entitled “The search for tomorrow´s power” and is about the progresses happening, at that time, in the field of Read More …

Aragon Valley Classic: Railroad Surveillance Regulation, 1894, Central Catalan Railway Company

The special affection I have for the railway comes from being a high cost effective mean of transportation also meeting an environmental efficiency and that contributes to the territories balance, even in the most adverse cases [1]. In a word, sustainability. Read More …

Aragon Valley Classic: Healthy Workplaces, the breaking trend already existing in the 1920 decade

Healthy workplaces are those in which workers and managers collaborate to use a continual improvement process to protect and promote the health, safety and well-being of all workers and the sustainability of the workplace [1]. Nowadays, a wide range of specific actions Read More …

Aragon Valley Classic: Occupational safety campaigns at the beginning of the 20th century

Just one month ago, on april 7th, the last OSH campaign of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), on stress and psychosocial risks, was launched. This is a recent and outstanding case of what a today´s Read More …

Aragon Valley Classic: The time when sanitary engineering recommended the asbestos

It doesn´t matter how much histories recur, it continues being surprising how brilliant and welcomed innovations in the beginning, become over time into something insignificant or even dangerous and forbidden. Asbestos is a clear example of it. As well, an Read More …

Aragon Valley Classic: Ferrocarril Central de Aragón´s train accident in Luco (Teruel, Aragón), 1904

This is a classic entry on the catastrophe suffered in the summer of 1904 by a train from the Ferrocarril Central de Aragón company, while travelling towards Calatayud from Valencia, which was the regular itinerary of this historic railway. It Read More …

Aragon Valley´s Classics: The hellish construction of the Brooklyn Bridge

Aragon Valley´s Classics are a series of post on specific events of the past, related to the topics of this blog, seen from the point of view of present times. It is based on material I collect from several sources, Read More …