accident http://ripr.org en Single Clamp Holding Up Circus Performers Snapped, Says Investigators http://ripr.org/post/single-clamp-holding-circus-performers-snapped-says-investigators <p>Investigators say a clamp that held up an apparatus snapped, sending eight acrobats plunging 35 feet to the ground, falling on a dancer below. It happened on Sunday during a circus act where women dangle high above the ground from their hair.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 08:22:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 33111 at http://ripr.org Single Clamp Holding Up Circus Performers Snapped, Says Investigators TheEC: "Normal Accidents" http://ripr.org/post/theec-normal-accidents <p>Most people have heard of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident">"Three Mile Island" nuclear power plant accident of 1979</a>.&nbsp; But it's famous among engineers for being a "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal_accident">normal accident</a>", in that there wasn't any one thing that nearly caused a meltdown of catastrophic proportions...it was a series of little things inside a highly complex system that all happened as part of "normal" operations.&nbsp;&nbsp; None of which, by themselves, was terribly problematic.&nbsp; But they all happened at once, and that <em>was</em> a problem.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:56:37 +0000 Aaron Read 18972 at http://ripr.org TheEC: "Normal Accidents"