Failure is no Option

The runway extensions - a beacon of light for safety

On March 3rd, the people of the Canton of Zurich will vote on the runway extensions. They are being asked to take responsibility for the safety of the airport. As Swiss citizens, we are used to setting the course with our ballots in our direct democracy. We also know that every vote has consequences that we are prepared to bear. Before we write a…

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Patrouille Suisse: A guilty verdict out of time

On Dec. 22nd 2022, a Patrouille Suisse pilot was fined for clipping one of his colleagues during an approach maneuver in training in 2016. His aircraft was damaged to such an extent that he had to eject. His colleague was able to land his aircraft, which was also damaged, safely. The prosecutor charged the pilot with negligent misuse and…

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Mastering crises and emergencies

A company must be able to rely on having a crew that provides everything it needs to cope professionally with emergencies or crises. Daniel Schlup does that at Swiss Federal Railways SBB with a motivated team. When he asked himself how he could efficiently train the many emergency and crisis team leaders as well as all the employees in these teams,…

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Just Culture in Medicine

I am pleased to speak on the topic of Just Culture at the 5th National Radiation Safety Day. The event, organized by the Federal Office of Public Health, is dedicated to medical radiation events and patient safety.

With Just Culture, medicine is taking up a cultural approach that has become widely and regulatory established in aviation in recent…

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