The collapse of the walkways in a Kansas City Hotel, an LNG explosion in Ohio, the fatal effects of asbestos, the failure of the Yangtze River levees and the resulting floods, and a sinkhole near San Francisco all illustrate the need for better engineering practices.
From the crash of an El Al 747 into an Amsterdam Apartment buiding to the collapse of an Indiana road bridge due to inadequate support during construction, this episode explores 5 engineering disasters and the changes each one brought about.
A flourite tailings dam in the Italian Alps fails, sending a massive flood through the Val di Stava, destroying the towns of Tesoro and Stava, and costing 265 lives. The dam is found to have had defects in design and maintenance, with implications for other tailings dams worldwide.
When methylisocyanate gas leaks from a tank at the Union Carbide Plant in Bhopal, India, hundreds die of the effects. The investigation implicates poor safety practices, worker fatigue, and company negligence as the cause. Union Carbide insists that the leak was the result of a disgruntled worker's sabotage.
The Sydney-Hobart (Australia) boat race becomes a race for survival.
Seconds from Disaster S03E16- Texas Refinery Disaster 
Learning from disaster--moving toward safer travel, work, and play.
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