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fail-safe

designed to return to a safe condition in the event of a failure or malfunction
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Released during the twin peaks of Cold War tension, Fail-Safe (1964) and WarGames (1983) reinterpret the Binding of Isaac, also known as the Akedah.
When Fail-Safe was released in 1964, atomic anxiety was building to an all time high.
The man who was the top UK operating officer at a supermarket chain when a father-of-three was killed by a barrier in one of its car parks yesterday called for a 'fail-safe' mechanism for such equipment.
Asked by coroner Mary Hassell what lessons could be learned for the future, Mr De Nunzio said, 'The barriers should have some sort of fail-safe.'