Incident / Accident Investigation
Why is Incident/Accident Investigation training important?
All incidents whether a near miss or an actual injury-related event, should be investigated. Near miss reporting and investigation allow you to identify and control hazards before they cause a more serious incident.
Accident/incident investigations are a tool for uncovering hazards that either were missed earlier or have managed to slip out of the controls planned for them. It is useful only when done with the aim of discovering every contributing factor to the accident/incident to “foolproof” the condition and/or activity and prevents future occurrences. In other words, your objective is to identify root causes, not to primarily set blame.
The usual investigator for all incidents is the supervisor in charge of the involved area and/or activity. Accident investigations represent a good way to involve employees in safety and health. Employee involvement will not only give you additional expertise and insight, but in the eyes of the workers, will lend credibility to the results. Employee involvement also benefits the involved employees by educating them on potential hazards, and the experience usually makes them believers in the importance of safety, thus strengthening the safety culture of the organization.
No one should investigate incidents without appropriate accident investigation training.
This course teaches the principles of incident/accident investigation. They are practically based, enabling delegates to understand how to conduct an investigation from the examination of the scene to submitting the report.
The course is designed to be entirely complementary to any internal accident reporting and investigating procedures or systems already in place in your organization. It can easily be extended to incorporate training in these local arrangements.
Below is the contents of the course:
- Identify the legal and organisational specific requirements regulating the reporting and investigation of workplace incidents in order to determine applicable governance procedures
- Explain the legal and organisation specific requirements for an investigation into workplace incidents in order to follow the prescribed requirements
- Explain the procedures to be followed when an incident occurs in the workplace in order to facilitate effective management of the incident
- Explain the consequences of non-compliance with legal and organisational specific requirements in terms of the impact on safety, health and environment in the workplace
- Explain the purpose, type and extent of information required in accordance with prescribed requirements
- Identify and select resources required to conduct investigations in accordance with prescribed requirements
- Gather information in accordance with the prescribed procedures
- Explain the need for gathering accurate and relevant information about workplace incidents in terms of the impact on the quality of the investigation
- Complete reports in the required formats in accordance with prescribed requirements
The safety department or the person in charge of safety and health should participate in the investigation or review the investigative findings and recommendations. Many companies use a team or a subcommittee or the joint employee-management committee to investigate incidents involving serious injury or extensive property damage.