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Accident investigation

Post by af1 » Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:04 pm

Hi all

Looking at a bit of information on accident investigation, what happens if the person injured is on the sick and there are no creditable witnesses, how do we do an accident investigation?

(edited to say that, it has been recorded in the first aid book)

Any replies will be kindly received.

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Re: Accident investigation

Post by Safe&Sound » Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:57 pm

Hi af,

Good question and a situation I have found myself in a number of times over in the past. When an accident happens we should aim to investigate imminently in order to define the root causes and control measures required. Witness statements are a good way of capturing first hand what happened and the sooner we can get these statements the better as it is fresh on the mind. That being said you can't just rely on witness statements and find the root causes, unfortunately some statements can be false and from past experience I have taken statements and after the investigation it turns out it was a totally different cause.

Without knowing the extent of the accident theres a number of things you can do in the mean time whilst your employee recovers;

1. Begin the investigation and develop a root cause analysis to determine the immediate, underlying and root causes.
2. Review any evidence such as inspection records, training documents, maintenance logs
3. When getting in touch with the employee who has accident, inform them if a suitable time can be made to go through what happened (I'd avoid saying 'investigations' as this can cause stress and panic, instead a catch up whereby its recorded).
4. Look into all processes, equipment, envrionment and persons that were involved in the task, activity where the accident happened
5. Why, Why, Why, Why, Why - Keep asking this question in your head as you go through the investigation.

Hope this helps,

regards

Craig

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Re: Accident investigation

Post by af1 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:24 pm

Thank you Craig, much appreciated.

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Re: Accident investigation

Post by Safe&Sound » Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:13 am

You're welcome, happy to help.

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Re: Accident investigation

Post by ddlh » Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:19 pm

Do you have an HR department?
Get them to follow up on the IP and arrange for the IP to come in for interview. Use HR to ensure legal compliance is employed. That is their job
If you think safety is a pain, try a leg fracture.

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