Engineers struggle to design anything they want to build in such a way as to avoid failure, and, more importantly, catastrophic failure which could result in loss of property, damage to the environment of the user of that technology, and possibly injury or loss of life. Through analysis and study of engineering disasters, modern engineering designers can learn what not to do and how to create designs with less of a chance of failure.






A recent study conducted at the Swiss federal Institute of technology in Zurich analyzed 800 cases of structural failure in which 504 people were killed, 592 people injured, and millions of dollars of damage incurred. When engineers were at fault, the researchers classified the causes of failure as follows:





Insufficient knowledge …………………………. 36%
Underestimation of influence ……………………. 16%
Ignorence, carelessness, negligence ……………… 14%
Forgetfulness, error …………………………… 13%
Relying upon others without sufficient control ……. 9%
Objectively unknown situation …………………… 7%
Unprecise definition of responsibilities …………. 1%
Choice of bad quality ………………………….. 1%
Other ………………………………………… 3%

Now lets see some of the funny engineering fails






Via: Talltanic – YouTube

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