The Accident Investigation: A Study in Prevention


As the adage goes: Learn from your mistakes. This rule also applies to the work environment. Employers should constantly examine why accidents occur and try to find ways to keep them from happening in the future.

The scope of an accident investigation should be proportional to the incident. The more major the incident being investigated, the more comprehensive the investigation needs to be.

Prior to any internal investigation, you must ensure that the incident location is not disturbed, except to perform first aid and to prevent further injuries. Once the scene is secured and the proper authorities are notified, you should immediately conduct the internal investigation. This starts with assembling your team.

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