Training is a ‘Titanic’ Undertaking

As the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voyage approaches, I’m watching all the fascinating documentaries with new images of the ship. One of the contributing factors to the sinking was the use of iron rivets; and not just any iron–iron with imperfections that weakened the structural integrity of the ship.

1,500 People lost their lives that night. The lack of lifeboats was a factor, but also not every lifeboat was filled to capacility. Why was that? Some reasons include people were still below decks or didn’t take the loading seriously.

Of course, there could be all sorts of implications for this tragedy but in reality I think a lot of lives could have been saved if training had taken a bigger part. The crew was trained to sail and operate the ship, I’m sure, but this was the largest liner in the world at the time. There were people of all classes and colors, from different countries–and some didn’t speak or couldn’t read English. Imagine if you were from Italy, trying to read English signs…

I’m curious though, on this 100th anniversary, what training solutions you think could have been adapted, back then, that would have helped save more lives.

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