All countries observe oil output cuts agreement — Russian energy ministerBusiness & Economy January 22, 16:59
Rogozin calls "dangerous incident" UK botched missile launchRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 22, 16:32
Medvedev calls United Russia ruling party, president's main resourceRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 22, 16:27
Mutko calls silly information Infantino asks him not to run for RFU headSport January 22, 16:24
Seven parties to participate in Syrian talksWorld January 22, 9:54
Russia’s Pavlyuchenkova reaches Australian Open quarterfinalsSport January 22, 7:19
IBU Executive Board finds no grouns to suspend Russia's biathlon teamSport January 21, 22:53
Russia terrified watching monuments destroyed in Palmyra — culture ministerRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 21, 17:08
Russian bombers deliver successfully strikes on terrorists' facilities in SyriaWorld January 21, 15:39
This content is available for viewing on PCs and tabletsGo to main page
MOSCOW, July 23. /ITAR-TASS/. The largest emergency on Moscow metro in its almost 80-year history that claimed 23 lives is still the major internal event a week afterwards. It is human factor that seems to be the underlying cause of the tragedy. Personnel conclusions followed: head of the metro has been dismissed, and new chief has been appointed. However, experts say this alone will hardly lead to a turnaround.
Three cars went off the tracks between the stations Slavyansky Bulvar and Victory Park on July 15 killing 23 and injuring 217. According to the investigators, the rail switch was held with a piece of three-millimeter wire that broke thus causing the crash.
Four suspects have been already arrested, including a track supervisor and his aid. Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin said it was inadequate discipline of certain employees that led to the tragedy, not the systemic and complicated engineering errors.
On Tuesday, the mayor sacked the subway chief Ivan Besedin with the words the emergency had annulled the great deal of work done during Besedin’s time in office. His place was taken by former director for high-speed service at Russian Railways (RZD), Dmitry Pegov. Notably, Besedin also came from RZD, which provoked some criticism for little knowledge of subway’s specific features.
Unsurprisingly, Moscow metro often makes for politicians’ statements, and subway accidents grab the headlines. This time, the outraged public and Duma demanded Besedin’s departure.
Experts wonder if the reshuffle can guarantee such tragedies will not repeat in the future and what role human factor played in what happened.
“Change of management is a signal not to the employees but Moscow residents who demand the chief’s dismissal, it is rather a political story,” Deputy Director of the centre for human resources development at the Russian Presidential Academy for National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) Mikhail Kroshchenko told ITAR-TASS.
The situation in the metro control will now change dramatically anyway, irrespective of managers and the management process, the expert believes. Moreover, human factor was not just laziness and negligence, he said.
“This could be linked to work schedule as such. We are talking about night shifts, and the employees might have been working under excessive pressure,” the expert said.
Changing the management is not a cure-all, Nestik believes.
“Such catastrophes often lead to dismissals, and with chiefs is departing the knowledge that could help prevent similar events in the future,” he warned. “This ‘beheading’ frequently washes away the people who know how this happened and what is to be done to prevent a repeat.”
Positive impetuses could help avert such occasions in the future, said Nestik. Major companies’ experience shows that mistakes are inevitable, yet it is not punishment that will reduce the number of errors but trust and stimulation of positive results.
ITAR-TASS may not share the opinions of its contributors