All posts by Nicolaus Dmoch

Nicolaus Dmoch has been an airline pilot for twenty years. Ever since watching a documentary about the sinking of the Titanic as a child, he has a vast interest in the big question of why accidents happen. His personal safety journey took him from believing that strict SOP compliance was the best antidote to accidents to a fascination with how organizations attempt to be safe. In addition to his flying duties, he works as a Safety & Compliance Officer at his airline. Among other responsibilities, this role includes editing the company’s internal safety publication, which gives him ample opportunity to research and write about organizational accidents. In 2013, he graduated summa cum laude from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science, having specialized on Safety Management and Human Factors. In 2015, he received a master's degree with distinction and, in the same year, the Rudolf Kapustin scholarship sponsored by the International Society of Air Safety Investigators. Nicolaus is also a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) peer with Stiftung Mayday.

Danger in The Guise of Safety, Today

In his seminal book The Limits of Safety, Scott D. Sagan contrasted two schools of thought to assess the safety performance of the United States nuclear weapon system during the era of the Cuban Missile Crisis: High reliability theory and complexity theory. One of the basic tenets regarding high reliability organizations is that they are able and willing to learn from events. Sagan, however, found that oftentimes, the U.S. military failed to learn from the incidents they … Continue Reading ››