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The difference between a minor injury and a serious injury is often a matter of chance. The main purpose of an accident investigation is for companies to learn from situations that can be improved. Caring companies will have a policy requiring as many accidents as possible, whether causing serious injury or not, to be investigated and reported. This course has been specifically designed to raise awareness in first line managers, Health and Safety Advisers, or other interested parties, the benefits in applying recognised investigation techniques.
The right attitude towards accident investigation is that of establishing the cause rather than apportioning blame, one way of helping to eliminate this is to involve and make the facts available to as many of those interested parties as possible. Developing the right attitude and ensuring a complete in-depth investigation, and making the proper recommendations is crucial in making a safer working environment. An effective accident investigation will require early interviewing of witnesses and an early examination of the scene of the accident. By achieving both of these aims, it will assist in identifying accurately the causes of accidents and lead to clear conclusions and recommendations.
Who Should Attend?
Those who are required to carry out or assist in Accident Investigations.
On completion, delegates will be able to:
- Identify the true cost of accidents.
- Recognise the multiple causes of accidents.
- Effective accident investigations.
- Assist in reports and suggest recommendations to interested parties to minimise re-occurrence.
The Triangle of Loss
- Economic implications
- Models of Accident and Incident Causation
- Immediate and underlying causes
- Organisational/root causes
- Human error
- Making recommendations
Objectives of Investigation
- Purpose of accident investigation
- Underlying and cultural issues
- Influence on safety culture
Managing the Accident Scene
- Gathering information
- Witness statements
- Physical evidence
Analysing the facts