On-demand Webinars

March 24, 2022

Learning from AEC Disasters to Create Systemic Changes


AECCommercial EnterpriseFacilities Management


Learning & DevelopmentRisk ManagementSpecial OverrideVector EHS ManagementVector LiveSafe


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.

Jeff Dalto

Senior Learning & Performance Improvement Manager

Jeff is a learning designer and performance improvement specialist with more than 20 years in learning and development, 15+ of which have been spent working in manufacturing, industrial, and architecture, engineering & construction training. Jeff has worked side-by-side with more than 50 companies as they implemented online training. Jeff is an advocate for using evidence-based training practices and is currently completing a Masters degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University. He writes many articles for the Vector Solutions blog and invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn.