28 August 2013

Aviation expert to speak at Hazards Australasia

Keith Martinsen

North American aviation veteran, Captain Keith Martinsen will share the hard and costly lessons learned by the airline industry over the past 40 years at this year’s inaugural Hazards Australasia process safety conference on 26-27 November in Perth, Western Australia.

Martinsen’s keynote address will draw on parallels identified in other industries where safety is vital and where human error plays a role in accidents. His address will examine early failures and how airlines struggled to resolve difficult problems that beset the entire industry worldwide and that ultimately led to recognition as the safest mode of transport in the world.

In addition to having over 35 years experience as a pilot, Martinsen has also held positions as managing director, director of operations, chief pilot, check pilot, pilot training instructor and manager of human factors training and development.  

Martinsen says that he is excited about this opportunity to share the lessons learned in the airline industry at Hazards Australasia: “I believe this presentation will inspire participants to begin a conversation, and possibly adapt strategies that have proven to be successful in other industries.”

Other keynote speakers include the Honourable Bill Marmion, Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Housing; Vince Santostefano, chief operations officer at Woodside; Jane Cutler, ceo at NOPSEMA; and Michael Tooma, partner and head of occupational health, safety and security at Norton Rose Fulbright. IChemE president Judith Hackitt will also be speaking at the event via videolink.

Hazards Australasia is an international process safety conference focusing on the Australasian chemical and process industries. Themes include: lessons learned from major hazard incidents; management of abnormal operations; process safety design and inherently safer design; regulatory compliance and legislation; human factors; asset integrity and extending the operating lifespan of infrastructure; safety management systems; education and training; and process safety key performance indicators. 

For more information contact April Hinde, or visit the Hazards Australasia website.

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