Learning from AEC Disasters to Create Systemic Changes

Webinar Overview

Learning from past safety and structural issues and managing risk is always difficult, particularly when the learning is surrounding a disaster event that resulted in loss of life and property. However, this is when the learning is most needed in order to create systemic changes that can make a significant, lasting impact.  

In this webinar, we’ll talk with Gill Kernick, a safety consultant for high-risk industries and discuss the problems and lessons learned from the 2017 Grenfell Tower Fire, which resulted in 72 deaths. 

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • What happened at Grenfell, and in particular problems related to architecture, construction, maintenance, and consideration of tips from building residents 
  • How to apply positive and negative learnings from architectural and construction disasters, such as Grenfell, to create safer buildings and prevent similar tragedies 
  • Guidance for thinking systemically to improve safety and reduce the risk of high-severity, low-frequency events


Gill Kernick

Safety Consultant for High-Risk Industries | Author

Gill Kernick is a strategic consultant partnering with organizations in high-hazard industries to build the leadership capability and cultures to prevent catastrophic events. She has worked all over the world, including in Algeria, Siberia, Malaysia, United States, and Europe.

Particularly passionate about creating trusting relationships between Executives and the Front Line, she believes safety is an enabler of broader strategic and cultural change.

Gill’s book Catastrophe and Systemic Change was published in 2020, accompanied by a six-episode podcast series also called Catastrophe. Gill has published recent articles in Prospect magazine, the Crisis Response Journal, and Cambridge’s Bennett Institute for Public Policy blog. She is a regular guest on podcasts, such as BBC’s Beyond Today, Human Risk Podcast, and Building Better Cultures. In both 2020 and 2021, Gill was publicly voted as one of the most influential people in Health and Safety in the UK.

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Jeff Dalto

Learning Sciences & Performance Improvement Professional | Vector Solutions

Jeff Dalto is interested in learning sciences, workplace performance improvement, safety training, and systems analysis and change. He’s worked with 50+ companies helping them implement and improve their training programs. Additionally, Jeff is a OSHA-authorized trainer for General Industry; was named one of the ASSP’s Safety Professionals of the Year in 2020; helped to create the ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 EHS Online Training Standard and is currently on the team revising the existing Z490.1 standard for all EHS training.

Jeff holds certificates in Instructional Design (ATD) and Occupational Safety and Health (University of Washington) and is currently a Masters candidate in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (Boise State University). He invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn.

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