While the technical cause of failure of the Malahide Viaduct in Ireland was straight-forward, the human factor that collapsed the bridge was a relatively new phenomenon: corporate memory loss.
Detailed article on the collapse can be found at http://www.bradyheywood.com.au/uploads/133.pdf
The Rail Accident Investigation Unit report on the collapse can be found at http://www.raiu.ie/download/pdf/accident_malahide.pdf
Organ donation rates provide surprising insight into how we as humans make rational decisions. This podcast looks at this insight and examines how it can play a role in engineering failure, specifically examining the 2007 collapse of the I-35W Highway Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Johnson and Goldstein paper can be found at http://www.dangoldstein.com/papers/JohnsonGoldstein_Defaults_Transplantation2004.pdf
Detailed article on the I-35W Highway Bridge collapse can be found at http://www.bradyheywood.com.au/uploads/142.pdf
The National Transportation Safety Board’s final report on the I-35W Highway Bridge collapse can be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/i35wbridge/pdf/ntsb-report.pdf